Schotte’s defense lawyer does not want local judges on appeal
WILLEMSTAD - The defense team of the former Prime Minister of Curaçao and now convicted Member of Parliament, Gerrit Schotte does not want local judges to deal with the appeal in the Babel case.
Eldon 'Peppie' Sulvaran has filed a petition to have judges come from the Netherlands. In the court of first instance, the former Prime Minister was convicted of, among other corruption, bribery and money laundering. Both Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs have no trust in local and European Dutch judges who are on the island.
The European Dutch judges who work on the island probably do not read Papiamento language newspapers, but, according to Sulvaran, they do read Dutch language newspapers and those are biased against Schotte.