Published On: Mon, Jan 20th, 2014

A document full of libel

DocumentWILLEMSTAD – According to the Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad (AD), everything indicates that Norbert George is the author of an anonymous document "The CBCS-Connection 'which seems to lay out the alleged rogue network of people around President Emsley Tromp of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) and also the corruption that was related to them.

Connoisseurs of the law speak of a document “full of libel and slander”. According to AD, George himself was not available for an explanation. The name 'Norbert George' is not in the document itself, but comes directly as the (digital) document is examined in detail and the so-called 'properties' are consulted.

Norbert George, former Implementation Manager at the Ministry of Social Development, and according to his own statement still a civil servant, is the son of Herman George, known as chairman of the Monument Fund and Reda Sosial (Social Organization) but for some time especially as the spouse of Governor Lucille George-Wout.

Norbert George, in the past a candidate for various ideologically diverse political parties, was an Island Councilor for a period, but was not re-elected. His name was years ago already associated with - also anonymous - disseminate information about, in his view, a corrupt network of all local people. The new document is on an Internet site, and last weekend was also distributed by e-mail.

On the first page there is a picture of the building of the Central Bank in Scharloo. With the exception of the title of the piece - "The CBCS Connection '- in Dutch (the entire document is written in Dutch), there is a definition of corruption. “Corruption is the political, social and economic phenomenon in which someone in a (public) position gives undue favors in exchange for reciprocal service or favor.” There are various 'schemes' presented.

It begins with the First Curacao International Bank (FCIB) of the Dutchman, sentenced in Arnhem, John Deuss who is 'good friends' with the President of the Central Bank, Emsley Tromp.

Scheme 2 involves Parman Group of the American Hushang Ansary who purchased Ennia, Banco di Caribe and NIBanc and for which the author of the incriminating document involves the former Prime Minister Etienne Ys, former minister Ersilia de Lannooy and current Ennia CEO, Palm Ralph. Tax expert Palm was formerly chief executive of the KPMG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank.

In Scheme 3, the author talks about Tromp's pension foundation ET Pensions and transactions from Banco di Caribe associated with a number of clothing stores (which reportedly are owned by Tromp's life partner) and a deposit in the pension trust, which has Palm a one of the board members. The businesses have as their first Managing Director Rene Lourents, executive officer of the Central Bank, who later requests the removal of his name.

In Scheme 4, the author talks about "bribery" and therefore presents a portion of a report by the General Court of Audit. This report shows that the CBCS, in the past, had paid certain expenses from the government in advance. These include fees for consultancy relating to the constitutional changes. In the Court's report, the consultants were anonymous, but the author, in this supposedly Norbert George, called them by name: former Prime Minister Ys (who has recently denied these claims and said that his consultancy was paid by his employer) and former Prime Minister Suzy Camelia-Römer. The whole Finance executives should have known, including the former Minister De Lannooy, but also the current Minister Jose Jardim who was Secretary General, and also Gregory Damoen.

In the argument that supposedly comes from George, the 'soft healers' are discussed, including Attorney General Dick Piar who indicates that "silent corruption helps', which appeared on the front page of the Antilliaans Dagblad on August 19, 2013. To the frustration of the author Piar didn’t do anything with the complaint filed against Tromp.

Then follows, according to the document, in 2012 “the year of the retaliation”, first with reference to the previous years in which the slain parliamentarian Helmin Wiels attacked Tromp with an exceptional force. The creator of the document shows photographs of former Prime Minister Maria Liberia-Peters, Giro Bank Manager Eric Garcia, Omayra Leeflang MP, PAIS leader Alex Rosaria MP, Steven Martina, who was briefly a minister, and Gregory Elias (who, along with Garcia and Joel Gois, is the financier of the political party PAIS).

The author also mentioned people like Ruben Suriel from Fundashon Akshon Sivil (FAS) and the media people as Jachmin Pinedo (Radio Direct) and Orlando Cuales (Z-86). All of them would have been compensated financially by Tromp in one way or another. Together with yet another CBCS employee, Chris Peterson (number 3 on the PNP ballot), Ruben Suriel has its own program, broadcasted by radio station Z-86 (from Cuales), who holds Tromp high and opponents are crushed, according to the author.

The collaborating lawyer for the reprisal is Karel Frielink, according to the document; he must provide full legal backing. Dan Dean Rozier (now an ex - parliamentarian for MFK) also appears on the scene, together with then-MAN MP; he pulled the plug on the government Schotte. “After Cleopa and Rozier had overthrown the then coalition government, the ball was back in Tromp’s hands. In accordance with Tromp’s wish, the then Governor Frits Goedgedrag appointed Dito Mendes de Gouveia (PNP) to form a new government.”

According to the document, Goedgedrag was rewarded with a contract and income at the expense of CBCS, following his assistance in deposing the cabinet Schotte. "The CBCS-Connection" also examines the integrity of the Bar Association. It all went wrong when Karel Frielink, through the office Spigt DC, defended Deuss and FCIB. He was also the Dean of the Bar Association.

The document also indicated that there is a link between HBN Law acting for the Central Bank and the current dean, Caroline Fiévez, who also works at this office. Incidentally, it is reported that Justice Minister Nelson Navarro also comes from this law firm.

Finally, the media are also discussed. “Characterized in the whole CBCS and Tromp issue, is the silence of the otherwise noisy (press) media. Whether it is the Dutch media (AD, Amigoe. Dolphin FM), or Papiamento language media (Radio Z-86, Radio Direct, morning newspaper Extra, or afternoon newspapers La Prensa or Nobo), silence is remarkable. But the silence should not be a surprise.”Thus the probable author Norbert George.

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