Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2016

Questions Dutch MP on Curaçao gambling sector largely unanswered

Informateurs en onderhandelaars ontmoeten voorzitters StichtingTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The dozens of questions from the Dutch Member of Parliament Ronald van Raak on the Curaçao gambling sector remain largely unanswered. According to the Dutch Minister Stef Blok, this is really an internal matter for the island. The Minister does take seriously the questions asked by the MP.

In recent months Van Raaks asked a series of questions on companies and individuals with a license or sub-license for the provision of online gambling, which often focused on the Dutch market. These companies and individuals are also active in, for example, Australia. The MP asked repeatedly about the involvement of the KPMG and the Curaçao telecommunication company UTS, which is a public company.

Blok indicated in his letter to the MP that it is not possible to answer questions about individuals, businesses and business structures in Curaçao. Blok is the acting Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, while Ronald Plasterk is recovering from a surgery.

“This is a matter for the local government and the Public Prosecution to regulate the supervision of online gambling,” Blok said in his letter to the MP.

According to the Minister this does happen in practice, referring to the role the gambling industry played in the Bientu case, where the lottery boss Robbie dos Santos was convicted of money laundering. The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ard van der Steur further stressed about the importance of monitoring the gambling industry. During the Conference of Ministers of Justice, Minister Van der Aard brought this to the attention of the Curaçao Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro.

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