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Trial of suspects in Curacao political assassination gets under way
Published on August 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Four murder suspects were due in court on Monday in Curacao in connection with the murder of the late political leader and member of parliament, Helmin Magnus Wiels. The “mega-trial”, as it is called, will take place in the high security courtroom of the Common Court at the Wilhelmina Square in Willemstad.

A part of the city where the court is located was closed to the public. Only family of perpetrators and victims, and the press were allowed inside.

These measures are deemed necessary since there have already been two violent deaths among the initial six main suspects.

First, the driver of the getaway car, Raul ‘Bolle’ Martinez, was found hacked to pieces on the north side of the island. Later, the alleged perpetrator of the murder, Luigi ‘Pretu’ Fiorentina, was found dead in a police cell in Barber. The official story is that he committed suicide. Both were members of the No Limit Soldiers (NLS) gang from the district Koraalspecht.

The four men who are on trial this week are Elvis ‘Monster’ Kuwas (37). He has admitted being the actual killer of the political leader. Dangelo D. (27) and Carlos P. (32) are alleged to have assisted in the murder; they deny involvement. Burney ‘Nini’ Fonseca (43) is accused of being the logistical mastermind behind the murder and to have received instructions for the murder. He also denies any involvement. Kuwas, the shooter, is thought to have made an incriminating statement.

The investigation into the intellectual author of the assassination is still in full swing. Last month, former minister George Jamaloodin was arrested. Another suspect is former education minister Carlos Monk. Police also arrested local lottery boss, Robby dos Santos, the half-brother of Jamaloodin and a financier of the Movimentu Futuro Korsou (MFK) party of former prime minister Gerrit Schotte, of which Jamaloodin is a member. Dos Santos has since been released.

Wiels was killed on May 5, 2013 on a local beach. He was the leader of the largest political party on the island, Pueblo Soberano.

Before he died, Wiels announced that he was on the track of a ‘big fraud case’. The late political leader even stated that he had information about illegal SMS lotteries, which would incriminate dos Santos.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle

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