WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Former Curacao prime minister Gerrit Schotte wants to know who at the Ministry of Justice leaked confidential information about him. According to Schotte’s lawyer, Eldon Sulvaran, someone leaked a report from the Unusual Transactions Department (MOT), which contained information about the former prime minister.
According to the lawyer, the MOT information was obtained by criminal means and then leaked.
It was revealed last year that Schotte was named fifty times in the reports kept by the Unusual Transactions Department.
The transactions in question were large cash deposits made by the Italian Francesco Corallo to Schotte’s accounts when he was a commissioner in the government of the island territory of Curacao (part of the Netherlands Antilles).
Corallo transferred about 900,000 guilders (US$508,000) to Schotte’s account.
According to reports in 2012, Schotte was ready to appoint Corallo to a prestigious and important institutional function in the Central Bank.
On November 10, 2011, Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (the financial unit of the tax police in Rome) raided the home and office of Corallo while investigating a US$200 million loan from the Roman Banca Popolare to gaming giant Atlantis/Betplus.
Corallo was described as the “beneficial owner” of Atlantis/Betplus by the Italian media.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle