Published On: Mon, Dec 9th, 2013

Public Prosecutor: ‘Raid at former Prime Minister’s house’ (official declaration)

Court houseWILLEMSTAD - This morning, Monday, December 9, 2013, six raids took place under the leadership of the investigative magistrate and in the presence of the Public Prosecutor. These raids were in the context of a criminal investigation. The raids were carried out by Country’s Investigation Team which was supported by members of the Criminal Investigation Team (RST).

The raids took place in a house and a political party building in Salina, a house in the vicinity of Mahaai / Van Engelen, an office building on the Schottegatweg, a commercial building at Klein Kwartier and an office in the office building of the Parliament of Curaçao.

Reason for these raids is a criminal investigation into suspected money laundering, in combination with related offense (s) of "forgery" from the Criminal Code.

This investigation was initiated at the request of the Attorney General in connection with two complaints filed in late 2012 at the office of the Public Prosecutor in Curaçao and where the suspect Gerrit F. Schotte, supposedly had made himself guilty of the above mentioned offenses. Information related to so-called Unusual Financial Transactions (MOT) was provided.

After these complaints were assessed by the Attorney General, they have ordered the National Investigation Team of Curacao in February 2013 to further investigate the facts. The Public Prosecution Service and the National Investigation Team have requested additional support from the RST. The results of the detailed investigation of the facts were presented to the Attorney-General and this has led to the order of investigation.

The raids that took place this morning are part of this investigation.

During the searches, documents and data carriers were seized which may be useful for further investigation. No arrests were made. The investigation team will continue with their investigation using the seized documents. Afterwards they will draw up a report. At this time it is not known how long the investigation will continue. As soon as there is more information available, it will be shared in a press release.

The raid in the office building of Parliament was done after consultation with the Chairman and in the presence of the Registrar.

There is no further information on the ongoing investigation at this time.

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