Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2012

Mega cases for Public Prosecution in 2013

WILLEMSTAD – Next year, a number of major cases, which the Public Prosecution of Curacao has long been working on, will be presented to the court. They are large and long-term investigations, each with its own dynamics.

In the case of the project named "Bientu" which, under the authority of the Public Prosecution Curacao, has long been a major investigation possibly involving money laundering, with very large amounts diverted abroad. Money laundering is the process of concealing the source of money obtained by illicit means.This case is still under investigation.

In the case of the project named "Zambezi", the Public Ministry of the former Netherlands Antilles started an investigation for the island of Bonaire into alleged fraudulent activity which included some political figures. Under the pressure of a deadline by the theorem magistrate of Bonaire, the Public Prosecution initially, even before this comprehensive National Police investigation was completed, had to dismiss the case. Recently, the Common Court of Justice, after the request of the Fundashon Bon Gobernashon (Good Governance Foundation), and after additional investigation was done, ordered the reopening of this case. In spring 2013, the matter will probably go to court.

The case with the project name "Fiji", conducted by the Public Prosecutor of the former Netherlands Antilles, is a major money laundering case and was presented to court on December 18th, 2009 for the first time. This case also unfolds on Bonaire and relates to alleged investments of crime derived from funds in property projects, heavy equipment and gold trading. The witnesses hearing which was postponed by the Court is now completed and as regard to the content, it will possibly be finished in the spring 2013.

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