Published On: Thu, Jul 17th, 2014

Thode: “Wiels is a national shame”

ThodeWILLEMSTAD – “Our Minister Plenipotentiary Marvelyne Wiels is our national shame in the Netherlands.” This is according to MFK member and MP Amerigo Thode. “Just when you think it cannot get any worse, she knows how to get something even worse out of it.”

According to Thode, the news of the phone hacking scandal in Curacao House is only a small part of the problem. “Wiels could not only eavesdrop on incoming and outgoing telephone calls, but she also intercepted all the e-mails of employees of the Curacao representation in The Hague,” Thode said. The staff has filed a complaint with Data Protection (CBP). “Wiels continues to deny these allegations. Fortunately, we now know that we do not have to take her word and credibility so seriously.”


Thode gives the example of her resume fraud, which is still etched fresh in our memories. “Although it was black on white, and there was enough evidence, she remained stubborn and denied it.”


The MFK MP also spoke about the so called ‘danger of collapse’ of the Curaçao House. This too proved to be a fable. “In addition, she had several relatives and friends hired without going to the Council of Ministers. 300 thousand guilders used to dismiss the Head of Communications without trial, and she would often intimidate workers.” This intimidating attitude she has, according to Thode, also reflects when facing the press. “The incident with journalist Dick Drayer confirms this.”


The MFK member wonders whether Prime Minister Ivar Asjes knew of these privacy violations. “If so, was there permission from the cabinet?” According to Thode, there is moreover, evidence which indicates that Wiels would have dismissed the eavesdropping equipment to save both her face and from the Prime Minister. A motion for an investigation into the affairs of the General Court of Audit is still being dismissed by the coalition.

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