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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - S.M. and his company Energizer N.V. appeared in the Joint Court of Justice on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for the criminal proceedings in their case.

S.M was sentenced in 2015, to 24 months in jail 18 of which suspended, a 3-year probation period and 240 hours of community service. His company Energizer was sentenced to pay Naf. 4.5 million in back taxes.

The Solicitor-General asked for a punishment equal to the verdict the Court of First Instance handed down in 2015. The Joint Court of Justice will give its verdict on January 12, 2017.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua Charges are yet to be laid against United Progressive Party (UPP) Caretaker for the St George Constituency, George Wehner, who spent Monday in police custody.

Wehner is being questioned by police after he was listed as a person of interest following a resolution, last week,  tabled by Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Parliament.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The searches in St. Maarten that started this morning Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and are being led by the Judge of Instruction are still ongoing. The home of the suspect F.C. (56) born in Italy is one of the premises that is being searched.

The Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team has arrested F.C. at the request of Italian authorities. Italy will ask for his extradition. He will be prosecuted in Italy among other things for tax evasion and bribery of several politicians. F.C. is also suspected in Italy for using his businesses for money laundering.

The arrests and searches are part of an international coordinated action in Italy, St. Maarten, Netherlands and the French Saint Martin.

Several searches are also taking place on French Saint Martin led by an Investigative Judge. There the suspect R.B. (56) born in The Netherlands has been arrested. Furthermore searches have taken place in Italy and suspects have been arrested. Finally in Amsterdam an office building has been searched. 

ROSEAU, Dominica – A High Court judge has sentenced a 33-year-old man to seven years in jail after he pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with his 10-year-old sister.

Justice Victoria Charles describing Steve John’s action as “deplorable (and) unacceptable”.

John was indicted on a charge of incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection on his sister. He pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sexual connection with the prosecution withdrawing the other charges.

“The court is reminded of its responsibilities to protect children; his conduct is reprehensible to say the least. The child was placed in his trust; his attitude is not only deplorable but unacceptable. He needs to be clearly put away from society.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Saturday, December 10, right after 12:00pm, two men on a motorbike, dressed like construction workers with a light green and orange reflector vests, robbed Ballerina Jewelry on Front Street

One man jumped off the bike and ran into the jewelry store, took some gold, and ran back out. In the meantime, the driver made a U-turn by Omni Jewelers, and picked up the one that went in the store.

They then drove down the Courthouse alley on to Back Street. This all happened in less than 45 seconds.sxm

- Dos roban la joyería de la bailarina en FrontStreet

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  –  A 54-year-old Trinidadian national is appearing in court today on several drug charges.

Dexter Taylor arrived here yesterday from Trinidad. Having cleared immigration, he was interviewed by police and subsequently referred to Customs.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Judge of instruction on Friday, December 9, 2016 deemed the arrest and detention of V.C.E.A. (59) legitimate. She is suspected of threat, insult and libel. The Prosecutor’s Office had prolonged her detention on December 7 with 8 more days.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua and Barbuda Parliament has approved a resolution deploring “the dastardly act of terrorism” by the circulation of a video “inciting the assassination” of legislators here.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne in piloting the resolution late Thursday, said that the matter was of “serious concern” and one of national security.

He told legislators that over last few days, the video has been circulating through the social media “that brings terrorism and incitement to commit murder directly into our country and at the very heart of government.

“The video, which has a strong military focus, portrays several members of this Honourable House on the government side as targets for execution. It also portrays you, Mr Speaker, as a target for such a murderous act,” Browne said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Joint Court of Justice has suspended the pre-trial detention of the suspects in the Pompei-investigation E.R.M. (65) and D.F. (54) based on “personal  grounds” of the suspects.

They remain suspect in the ongoing investigation and must remain available for the investigators.

M. and F. appealed the decision of the Judge of Instruction not to suspend their detention.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Thursday December 08 2016, at approximately five past four pm (04:05) patrols were dispatched to Prime Distributors in Cole Bay for a robbery in progress.

The robbers left before patrol arrived. Search was done in the surrounding areas but to no avail.

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