Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Undersecretary requests more time to answer questions on gold smuggling

Raymond-Knops1THE HAGUE - The Undersecretary of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops informed the Member of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak that the answers on his questions about gold smuggling from Venezuela to Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire cannot be delivered within the three-week period. The questions were submitted on February 14, 2018.

Knops stated that the necessary coordination with the relevant authorities involved takes more time. The Dutch Parliament, especially the Standing Committee on Kingdom Relations will receive the answers to the questions as soon as possible.

The questions asked by Van Raak to the Undersecretary are:

1 How can you claim that there are 'no signs known' of gold smuggling from Venezuela via Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire?

2 How do you see this claim against the recent gold smuggling scandal in Aruba?

3 How do you see this claim against the previous convictions in connection with large-scale gold smuggling?

4 While investigating the connection between politics and the underworld, is there also an investigation into gold smuggling?

5 If not, are you prepared to conduct an investigation into gold smuggling through Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire within the framework of the Kingdom?

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