WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Luigi Florentino, a suspect in the murder of Curacao politician and political leader Helmin Wiels, has committed suicide in his cell. His body was found overnight Friday, the prosecutor announced.
Florentino had just been transferred from a heavily guarded naval barracks to a police cell. He is suspected of the murder of Raul Martinez, who is considered by the police as one of the perpetrators of the murder of Wiels. The Curacao politician was shot dead on May 5 of this year.
Immediately after the discovery of Florentino’s body in his cell, the federal investigation team began investigating and questioning the guards who were present at the police station in Barber, Bandabou, on the western side of the island.
Florentino’s transfer was done on the basis of a court ruling in late August. The suspect spent more than 60 days in a naval barracks and should be detained in a cell that is better equipped for long term stays, according to the magistrate.
Justice Minister Nelson Navarro said last Thursday that they chose a police cell in Barber and not to the local prison, because he could not be adequately protected. Navarro also said that the investigation into the murder of Wiels is a “successful” one and that he expects the police will give more news soon. The police believe that Wiels was killed by two assassins, including the murdered Martinez.
A woman has also been arrested and detained in connection with the case, but the location is not known.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle