Published On: Wed, Jun 6th, 2018

OM has new evidence against alleged clients in Helmin Wiels case

CourtWILLEMSTAD - The Public Prosecution (OM) says it has more evidence for a case against the 'intellectual perpetrators' of the murder, more than five years ago, of the popular and controversial politician Helmin Wiels. This became clear during the first of three days in court.

The item was the appeal against Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca. He is considered the 'murderer' in the Wiels case. Last year he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Fonseca would have commissioned the equally convicted Elvis Kuwas to commit the murder. But according to the OM, Fonseca acted on behalf of other powerful persons.

The name that was mentioned the most was that of George Jamaloodin, a former Minister of Finance. Jamaloodin, a politician from the party MFK of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, has left for Venezuela and has not been extradited yet. There is an agreement with Venezuela to extradite him but that has not taken place yet. According to Judge Tjarda van der Spoel, Jamaloodin is expected to return to Curaçao 'not in the short term'.

And that while the Public Prosecution made it clear last year that it is very likely that Burney Fonseca acted on behalf of Jamaloodin. Helmin Wiels had publicly criticized him and threatened to disclose documents shortly before his death, which would prove Jamaloodin's involvement in money laundering of the gambling mafia.

At the hearing, the prosecutors presented new evidence against Jamaloodin. In his indictment, Prosecutor Gert Rip spoke about the 'extremely incriminating' statement of a new witness, according to whom Jamaloodin paid Fonseca a high amount for the murder of Wiels. But according to Marije Vaders, Fonseca’s lawyer, the OM has presented 'nothing new' on Wednesday. Vader holds her plea on Thursday.

There is growing frustration on the island about the fact that years after the murder of Wiels, who led to great social turmoil in Curaçao, the real perpetrators, or those who paid for the act, still remain unaffected. However, the Public Prosecutor says that he has been doing 'uninterrupted investigation' all the time to solve this case. To sort things out 'well and carefully', 'a lot of time' is needed, according to Attorney General Leomar Angela. "There are powers that are in this small society that are so pernicious that they make our work difficult." But "it will be fine," according to a source that is very close to the investigation.

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