Published On: Wed, Dec 23rd, 2015

Giro Bank after former minister El Hakim for money

Nasser HakimWILLEMSTAD - The court has recently granted deferment of payment to former minister Abdul Nasser El Hakim. The deferment only concerns El Hakim as a private individual. His companies, including Optica Hakim, are not involved. This was reported by administrator Paul van de Laarschot.

The Giro Bank initially applied for bankruptcy for El Hakim. The bank wants about 600,000 guilders. However, this amount is disputed by El Hakim. He thereupon submitted an application for the deferral of payments. According to the bankruptcy decision a request for suspension of payments should be treated first and bankruptcy request is held.

Sarah Sijsma was appointed magistrate and Van de Laarschot as administrator. El Hakim’s creditors should appear in court on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 09:00.

Hakim was, following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, the first minister of Economic Development of Curaçao. He held this office for the political party MFK until the fall of the Schotte-cabinet in 2012.

The screening of the members of the Schotte-cabinet was not fully implemented in 2010. In a leaked memo from the Intelligence Service Curaçao it was reported that El Hakim would have had indirect links with terrorist organization Hezbollah and the Italian Mafia. It was said then that he would have tax debts and arrears in the payment of social security contributions. He was not supposed to become minister, according to the screening documents.

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