THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch political party SP is seeking clarification from Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies of possible links between former Curacao Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and the Sicilian Mafia.
Ronald van Raak
SP member of parliament Ronald van Raak said on Tuesday in the lower house of the Dutch parliament that he had a whole series of confidential letters obtained from the Italian Ministry of the Interior.
According to Van Raak, it appears from the correspondence that the then Minister Piet Hein Donner (Spies’ predecessor) was aware since May 2011 of the links between Schotte and the Sicilian Mafia boss Francesco Corallo. Besides Italian nationality Corallo also has a Dutch passport.
Meanwhile, Curacao’s newly appointed interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian has approached the attorney general, pursuant to a motion adopted by the majority in parliament, in relation to allegations of a coup by Schotte and former Minister of Education Carlos Monk.
As previously reported, a majority in parliament adopted three motions on September 3. One of these motions was to request Betrian, who is also minister of justice, to approach the attorney general to start legal proceedings for perjury and damages caused by Schotte and Monk and for the defamation on Curacao in the international arena.
This motion was adopted because, according to the members of parliament, the allegations made by Schotte and Monk suggested that there had been a coup in Curacao, and this caused damage to the good name of Curacao in the international arena.
These declarations were made by Monk through the internet (on YouTube) and Schotte through interviews on international television.
Betrian immediately complied with the motions and paid a visit to the attorney general, where the petition was delivered to start the investigation and to see if the two former ministers could be prosecuted for what they did to Curacao.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle