Schotte squandered Curaçao’s interests
WILLEMSTAD - Three years in prison and five year loss of his passive voting right. This is what former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte heard being demanded against him in court yesterday. According to the Prosecution, during his premiership from 2010 to 2012, Schotte was a puppet of the Italian gambling boss Francesco Corallo.
In exchange for financial donations amounting to possibly 1 million, but for sure at least 213,000 dollars, Schotte, as Prime Minister, attended to all of his gambling boss’ wishes. During his tenure as Prime Minister, “it was not important what was good for the future of the island, but what’s good for the gambling boss Corallo,” said Prosecutor Philomijn van Logten.
With this Schotte has seriously compromised the confidence in the Curaçao public administration. Fellow Prosecutor Gert Rips; “The Prime Minister of Curaçao has the honor and the duty to serve and to put the wellbeing of the population in the first place. But Mr. Schotte has padded his wallet and sold his own integrity.”
Schotte as Prime Minister tried to arrange a high function for Corallo at the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. He also wrote a letter to the US Consulate on the instructions of the gambling boss to arrange an entry visa to the US.