Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

VDC-top didn’t commit penal offence against IT-employee

WILLEMSTAD - The interim top of the Intelligence Service Curaçao (VDC) at the time hadn’t committed any penal offences against the IT-employee. Interim field officer of Justice Heiko de Jong wrote this in a letter late September to the IT-employee and other parties involved. Spokesperson of the Public Prosecutor, Norman Serphos, confirms that this letter exists. The tone of such is that the National Criminal Investigation Department conducted a thorough factual investigation following the report filed by the IT-employee. He felt intimidated and threatened and by his own account was held against his will by the then head of the VDC.

The investigation from the National Criminal Investigation Department revealed there was no question of penal acts. The IT-employee had indeed gone to a hotel for a conversation; he was free to leave that room but hadn’t dared for fear of losing his job. However, after the factual investigation by the National Criminal Investigation Department, the threat and coercion felt by the employee had no criminal interpretation, according to the Public Prosecutor; there is no reason for further investigation.

The employee was suspended later on after he reported sick owing to stress. Besides filing the report with the Public Prosecutor late January, the employee approached the Ombudswoman Alba Martijn.

Her report mentions Columbian officials questioning the IT-employee, supposedly by order of the former interim-head of the VDC, Frank Calmero, and his successor Michael Römer. According to the IT-employee, he was forced to disclose internal information from the VDC.

Source: Amigoe

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