Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014

Public Prosecution: Explanation further course ‘Babel’ case

CourtWILLEMSTAD - The release of the accused Gerrit Francisco Schotte on May 27 by the magistrate has led to some misunderstanding in the community and / or speculation. This is why the Public Prosecution gives further explanation of this case.

The suspect Schotte, together with the co-defendant Van der Dijs, was held as part of an ongoing criminal investigation on forgery and money laundering. In the context of this investigation, house searches were previously held in Curacao and abroad. The investigation also takes into account that during the search of Schotte’s house, mobile phone jammers and one missing diplomatic passport were found.

After Schotte’s arrest, he was confronted with the findings of the criminal investigation and was given the opportunity to give his own statements concerning this.

To prevent the suspect of making further agreements with third parties about his statements or to potentially influence, the so-called collusion danger, it was chosen for an initial detention of up to ten days. In addition, certain restrictions were imposed, such as the prohibition of contacting others.

On Tuesday night, the magistrate ruled that it was no longer necessary to keep the defendant in the interest of the investigation. He based his decision on the fact that there were already a number of investigation activities, which were carried out and also the extensiveness of the already existing police report. If the suspect does not cooperate with further investigation, the Prosecution could request his detention again.

The Public Prosecution is aware of the importance of bringing the investigation before the court as soon as possible. Once the investigation is completed, both suspects will be summoned to appear before the court.

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