Sulvaran: “Court president just does not want judges from the Netherlands”
WILLEMSTAD - According to Eldon Sulvaran, who is the defense lawyer of the former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte, the President of the Joint Court of Justice does not want judges from the Netherlands to come to Curaçao. “It is nonsense what they are saying. All they have to do is issue a temporary appointment,” said Sulvaran.
The lawyer responds to the ruling of Court President Evert van der Poel, who argues that the only ones who may lead cases on the island are appointed judges.
Sulvaran, who represents both Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs wants judges from the Netherlands for the appeal case filed by his clients. Local judges, usually from the Netherlands, but appointed to work on the islands, are, according to the lawyer, biased and have been influenced by the media or other sources of information.