WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- President of the Central Bank, Emsley Tromp, has filed an action demanding a retraction from the “Fundashon Korsou Fuerte i Outonomo (KFO) (The Strong and Autonomous Curacao Foundation) of a previously published press release about him.
In response, the members of the foundation, who are also lawyers, went on a vigorous counterattack. They linked Tromp to corruption and said that they have evidence, even referring to rumours that Tromp had something to do with the murder of Curacao political leader Helmin Wiels
Emsley Tromp (Photo: dwa.rnw.nl)
In October, the KFO accused Tromp of corruption. According to the three lawyers, Eldon Peppie, Sulvaran, Anthony Eustatius and Chester Peterson, Tromp gave a loan of $150 million to the St Maarten Harbour Finance Inc, a private company, without the consent of the board of directors. That goes against the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten charter, the lawyers argued.
According to the trial brief, the bond issue of 250 million guilders to the utility company Aqualectra should have never happened because it is a loan that covers more than 40 percent of the equity of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). According to the statutory maximum it can only be 5 percent of the equity.
Tromp, according to the KFO, also misused 8.2 million guilders of public funds to finance the “si” (yes) campaign for the 2009 referendum. In the trial brief, the trio of lawyers also stated that Tromp was involved in providing a loan of 3 million to his girlfriend Janet de Castro, without imposing the necessary requirements.
Tromp has demanded retraction and a fine of 10,000 guilders per day if KFO does not comply.
Sulvaran, Eustatius and Peterson see it differently: “The discussion is not about some hard words, as Tromp suggests … It’s about facts related to the decision to intentionally and deliberately use not budgeted tax revenue in favor of the proponents of the colonial constitutional structure option … Tromp thinks he can call the shots and decide when the rules may be violated or not and may even refuse to be held accountable. It is not about insinuations and allegations, but outright documented and very serious facts. Facts supported by documents.”
KFO feels there is more than sufficient evidence for a criminal case against the director of the CBCS. The foundation also denounced the attitude of the public prosecutors, in that they would allegedly only combat corruption selectively and do not dare to tackle Tromp.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle