Published On: Tue, Mar 3rd, 2015

Plasterk: “Curaçao must tackle illegal gambling industry itself”

PlasterkTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk answered questions posed by the Dutch MP for the Socialist Party (SP) Ronald van Raak on the close ties between the government in Curacao and the (illegal) gambling industry. Through a letter he indicates that Curaçao has to investigate this issue itself.

Plasterk did not go into the questions about the turnover in the gambling industry and that this would be higher than the entire tourism sector. He did not answer questions about the "malfunctioning" of the Gaming Control Board and the Fundashon Wega di Number Korsou (FWNK), which regulates the lottery, and the criticism on the gambling industry Helmin Wiels voiced before his death.

“Supervision of casinos and lotteries is an autonomous matter of Curaçao. This also applies to law enforcement in general. It is therefore up to the prosecution of Curaçao to investigate the possible suspicions of money laundering,” says Plasterk.

The Minister made it clear in his letter that there was an investigation launched in 2014 to tackle financial and economic crime. “The Duradero project aims to achieve a sustainable expansion and strengthening enforcement capacity in Curaçao for the purpose of addressing economic and financial crime.”

The countries of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom will also come up with a plan to strengthen law enforcement.

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