Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2013

Wiels (PS) still advocates parliamentary inquiry

WILLEMSTAD – PS-leader Helmin Wiels still advocates a parliamentary inquiry into the VNA/VDC and the functioning of the Public Prosecutor. Wiels stated that the subjects mentioned in the inquiry are still current. He emphasized this is his personal opinion and that he hasn’t discussed this subject with his coalition partners of Pais, PNP and independent parliamentarian Glenn Sulvaran. Mid last year the Parliament approved a parliamentary inquiry into the functioning of the Intelligence Service Curaçao (VDC), its predecessor the Intelligence Service Netherlands Antilles (VNA) and the investigation methods of the Public Prosecutor. The inquiry committee was named Inquiry Committee ‘VNA/VDC’ and investigation methods Public Prosecutor’, while PS-member/former chairman of the committee Justice of the Parliament, Jaime Cordoba, was appointed as its chairman.

The parliamentary inquiry halted even before it actually started. To continue the minutes of the meeting in which the Parliament had approved the installation of the inquiry committee had to be approved in a public meeting. However, this approval never took place although the subject had been put on the agenda of a public meeting of the Parliament several times. These meetings were never held due to insufficient quorum. Eventually, a meeting on this subject was cancelled.

At the time the then opposition parties had considered dismissing the Schotte-cabinet after the latter lost its majority in the Parliament. Article 23 from the National Regulation Inquiry Rules also played a role, which stipulates that a parliamentary inquiry be confirmed on oath if the Parliament is dissolved. Nevertheless, Wiels still advocates the parliamentary inquiry.

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