Published On: Mon, Feb 26th, 2018

Public Prosecution demands 20 million in ‘Troya’ case

courtWILLEMSTAD - The Public Prosecution Service wants to confiscate about 20 million guilders from suspects in a large-scale money laundering and fraud investigation that has been called ‘Troya’. This is according to the spokesman of the Public Prosecution (OM), Norman Serphos.

The pre-trial took place last Friday morning. Earlier the case was postponed and referred back to the OM for further investigation. It is the Curaçao sequel to a case that came to rolling in the Netherlands in 2015. There, unused transactions with large amounts came to light.

Main suspects were the father and two sons Grijnstein, owners of companies involved in money laundering. The case got the name Cymbal there. The railway also led to Curaςao, where house searches were carried out and suspects were arrested. They would have laundered large amounts of money and used false documents. They actually acted as an illegal money transaction office. The confiscation amount is based on proven malpractices committed by five suspects.

On Friday, during the pre-trial, 15 witnesses were approved by the examining magistrate. A next court session will take place on June 14. In substantive terms, the case will only be dealt with after mid-August. In addition to the confiscation case, the Public Prosecution also started a criminal trial. In addition to the five suspects, an engaged company, Crown Import & Export, is also charged.

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