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The Netherlands - Justice minister Ard van der Steur is expected to announce an independent investigation into former national police chief Gerard Bouman on Wednesday.

The probe will centre on the role played by Bouman in decisions taken by the police works council after an earlier investigation showed that a part of its spending was ‘unlawful and inefficient,’ the NRC reported.

Last year, the council, which represents all 65,000 police officers in negotiations with management on organisational and other issues affecting the police, had €1.6m at its disposal.

Jan Struijs, the head of the police union NPB, said in the NRC that the data caused ‘at the very least a suspicion that the decision-making about the [police force] reorganisation has been tainted.’

In particular he wants to know why senior police and justice ministry staff backed the plans when they were opposed by external experts and unions, and warned against by the works council.

Expensive parties

The current police chief Erik Akerboom has already pressed charges against Frank Giltay, the former chairman of the works council.

Giltay resigned on June 21 after an investigation started into the way he spent works council cash. ‘He chucked money around and Bouman was aware of it but did nothing,’ one source told the investigation.

Giltay is alleged to have spent council money on organizing expensive parties and charity auctions. He also allegedly brought in an image coach and communications advisor and bought himself an expensive suit, all of which were paid for from the council budget.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Investigations are continuing into circumstances in which a man was killed when a truck reportedly exploded on the compound of a EDASCO – gas transporting business in Chaguanas.

The police report that on Friday morning, the man identified only as “Danny” and believed to be a Guyanese national, was walking behind a truck when it allegedly exploded.

However, the cause of the explosion is not known.

The police say Danny was thrown into the air and was rushed to hospital where he later died.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Recently local media picked up on two medical referral cases whereby it was stated that procedures were non-existent or violated and that preferential treatment was given to an USZV employee.

As the Inspectorate had already plans in place to audit the referral department of USZV it decided, in anticipation of this audit, to investigate these two cases. One concerns an USZV employee that was sent abroad for a control and the other one a ZV insured (one of the insurance funds falling under USZV) patient that had to be flown out urgently. USZV spends approximately NAf. 30M per year on medical referrals. It is of utmost importance that all patients that are referred abroad for medical consultation or treatment receive necessary care that is of sufficient quality and safe and that the funds are spent wisely.

WASHINGTONJames Comey, the embattled director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, presided over a special ceremony on Friday evening to commend the brave F.B.I. agents who had to touch Anthony Weiner’s computer.

In awarding the commendations to the agents, whom Comey called “the bravest men and women this country has to offer,” the F.B.I. director criticized the political uproar that he said had overshadowed “their selfless acts of heroism.”

“These agents have performed far and beyond the call of duty,” a visibly angry Comey said. “I know we’re eleven days away from an election and tensions are running high, but we shouldn’t let that subtract in any way from what these brave agents did with their own hands.”

“Who among us could look at ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘I have what it takes to touch Anthony Weiner’s computer’?” Comey asked. “I know I sure as hell couldn’t.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Joint Court of Justice found suspect N.B. guilty of manslaughter and sentenced the suspect to 12 years in jail.

N.B. was accused of strangling a toddler who was entrusted tohim by his girlfriend on August 27, 2014.

The verdict was in accordance with the punishment the Solicitor General had asked for the suspect.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The court of first instance of St. Maarten came to this decision during the hearing that took place on Wednesday, 26 October, 2016.

The Judge also decided to send the case back to the Judge of instruction in connection with the hearing of a number of witnesses which still has to take place. In the Papegaai investicagtion Casa Blanca NV, J.P. (45), A.T.M.R. (38), C.J.P (67), D.J.E. (32) and M.J.P. (41) are being suspected of human trafficking, illegal restraint at the Casa Blanca brothel, tax fraud and forgery.

the defense lawyers of the three suspects J.P.R., A.T.M.R. and D.J.E. also requested during Wednesday's court hearing to lift or suspend the detention of their clients. The Prosecutor's office opposed to this request. The judge however decided to suspend the detention of the suspects mainly based on the fact that they have been in pre-trial detention for almost a year and it's not clear when exactly the criminal proceedings in the case will take place.

WILLEMSTAD, Netherlands - The defense has made a number of requests to the Court:
1. Sufficient opportunity to complete investigations on its own experts:
A. The digital forensic investigation W. O. study of the data from the laptop of Mr. Schotte;
b. Forensic accounting investigation into the financial data on which the prosecutor and the courts rely;
c. Research into the way in which time funding of political parties took place;
2. Three investigations into the start of the criminal proceedings;

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts Akilah Byron Nisbett was appointed Senator in the National Assembly at a short but significant ceremony at Government House on the morning of October 26, 2016.

In the presence of top government officials, including Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister, the Honourable Vance Amory; Attorney General the Honourable Vincent Byron Jr.; Senator Honourable Wendy Phipps; Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Josephine Huggins; National Hero Dr. the Right Excellent and Right Honourable Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds; father of Senator Nisbett, Terence Byron and mother, Althea Byron; Alexis Nisbett, husband; and sister Karimu Byron, His Excellency the Governor General Sir Tapley Seaton administered the Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance to the newly designated Senator.

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts - Citizens and Residents of St.Kitts-Nevis are calling on the Minister of National Security and the Team UNITY Government to immediately hasten the return of the RSS to the shores of the federation. This call comes as two young men were murdered within hours of each other just days after the exit of the RSS Contingent. The RSS were brought in to provide crime fighting and prevention support for the Royal St,Christopher-Nevis Police Force. Except for the death of a teenager in a reported gun mishapd there was no murders recorded During the RSS’ 5-6 week presence on the island. They RSS Contingent left the island within the last week.

On Tuesday Afternoon Marlon Mills alias Mabo was gunned down execution style in the St.Johnston Village area. His girlfriend received non life threatening injuries in the attack.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Police have arrested and charged two Colombians for a number of fraud-related offences which were committed between October 17 and 18.

Jorge Luis Cruz Rodriguez, 27, and Valentina Cardona Lopez, 23, were charged with endeavouring to obtain, money laundering and criminal deception

The accused arrived in Barbados on October 12 and subsequently visited a number of businesses where they purchased various items with the use of fraudulent Visa and Master Cards.

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