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Former Curacao PM claims 'arrest is political persecution'
Published on May 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former Curacao prime minister and leader of the Movementu Futuro Kòrsou (MFK) political party Gerrit Schotte has called his arrest political persecution and said that he saw it coming.

Gerrit Schotte
He is also unhappy about the conditions of the detention centre where he was held in custody for eight days following his arrest. The former prime minister also believes that his arrest was accompanied by an unnecessary show of force.

Schotte was released from custody on Tuesday night after a request from his lawyer for immediate release.

The embattled MP is also convinced that the Public Prosecution wants to stop his political activities. He said, however, that he will not give up the fight, and also demanded elections as soon as possible.

Schotte and his domestic partner Cicely van der Dijs were arrested last week on suspicion of forgery and money laundering. Van der Dijs was released two days later. Both are still suspects in a criminal investigation into alleged money laundering and forgery codenamed ‘Babel’.

In the meantime, Schotte has pledged to make himself available for further questioning by the police.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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