Former prime minister of Curacao Gerrit Schotte (R) with Cicely van der Dijs
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former prime minister and leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte and his domestic partner, Cicely van der Dijs were remanded in custody for at least 48 hours following their arrest and interrogation on Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation codenamed ‘Babel’.
Schotte and Van der Dijs are suspected of forgery and money laundering.
If the public prosecutor believes it to be necessary in the interest of the investigation for the suspects to be detained for a longer period of time, Schotte and Van der Dijs will be brought before the magistrate on Thursday or Friday, who will decide whether their detention should be extended for another eight days.
Criminal investigation ‘Babel’
After a complaint was filed in relation to alleged offences, on September 18, 2012 and October 22, 2012, an investigation was ordered by the attorney general of Curacao, St Maarten and the BES islands on January 28, 2013. The results of this investigation, in conjunction with information received from abroad, led to a criminal investigation under the codename ‘Babel’, which was ordered by the attorney general on June 6, 2013.
This investigation is conducted under the supervision of the public prosecutor and the investigation team of Curacao. In addition, they are supported by investigators from the criminal investigation team.
On December 9, 2013, a number of house searches took place, which produced some computers, documents and other data media for further investigation.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle