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Over quarter-million dollars paid for murder of Curacao politician
Published on December 20, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It was revealed during a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in Curacao that 500,000 guilders (US$279,000) was paid for the murder of local political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Wiels.

Elvis Kuwas, aka Monster, is considered to be the main suspect in the shooting of the leader of the Pueblo Soberano party. Kuwas is not only a suspect in the murder of Wiels, but also for two other murders.

Three other defendants, Dangelo Damascus, Burney Fonseca and Carlos Peter, are also accused of involvement in the assassination.

Besides involvement in the murder of Wiels, Damascus is also suspected of complicity in murder or manslaughter of the driver of the car, which was used by to commit the crime, and having three firearms in his possession.

According to details presented during the hearing, Fonseca and Luigi Florentina, alias Pretu, who in September committed suicide in his cell in Barber, together organized the murder of Wiels. Fonseca was also allegedly in charge of procuring the weapon that was used by Kuwas to kill Wiels.

Who are the masterminds behind the murder was not disclosed, but the prosecuting officer indicated that this investigation is still in progress. Kuwas is suspected of shooting Wiels and there is enough incriminating evidence against him, according to prosecutor Gert Rip.

“There is plenty of legal and convincing evidence that he shot at Wiels,” Rip said.

“The investigation against Damascus, Fonseca and Peter is still ongoing,” Rip said.

The investigation also focuses on other suspects and the actual ‘brains’ behind the murder.

“The investigation will end when all suspects are brought before the court,” Rip said.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
 
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