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Former Curacao minister stays in custody, lottery boss freed
Published on August 4, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Friday, the judge in the court of first instance of Curacao ruled that, at this stage, there is sufficient suspicion against the accused former minister of finance, George Jamaloodin, in relation to last year’s murder of political leader and former member of parliament Helmin Wiels for Jamaloodin to remain in custody following his arrest last week.

George Jamaloodin
The application for immediate release of the accused under Article 91 Code of Criminal Procedure was dismissed. The argument for continued custody made by the Public Prosecutor was approved.

The extension of custody is the next phase of the pre-trial detention and may take up to eight days and may possibly be extended again. For a warrant detention, there must be a heavy suspicion against the accused. On Monday, a request for the suspension of the detention, requested by the defence, will be heard by the court.

Robby dos Santos
The judge ruled that local lottery boss Robby dos Santos, who was also arrested last week, should be released immediately. The magistrate ruled that there is insufficient concrete and verifiable evidence on the basis of the current file justifying detention of the suspect. The magistrate, in his decision, emphasized that this decision does not mean the end of the criminal case against the suspect.

The investigation into the identities of the intellectual authors of Wiels’ murder is now at a stage where it is necessary to confront the suspects and those involved with the preliminary results of the investigation. This is done by means of interrogation and through arrests. In an interrogation a person receives the opportunity to make a statement, then he/she may return home. When an arrest and detention is made, the prosecutor believes that the investigation requires that the accused should be retained for a certain period in the interest of the proper execution of the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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