WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao lottery boss Robbie dos Santos is no longer being prosecuted for his possible role in the murder of former Member of Parliament and popular politician Helmin Wiels. The political leader was murdered in 2013 on the beach of Marie Pampoen, southeast of Willemstad. Dos Santos was identified as a suspect at some point. His house was searched and he also spent a number of days in jail.
But the justice on the island has decided after an investigation not to initiate any further criminal proceedings. In the opinion of the Public Prosecution Service, there is no legal and convincing evidence that points to Dos Santos’ criminal involvement in the Maximus case, which concerned the intellectual authors of the murder.
Robbie dos Santos was suspected of having ordered his half-brother George Jamaloodin to have Wiels murdered. Jamaloodin, the former Minister of Finance in Gerrit Schotte’s cabinet, was convicted and received 30 years in prison.
Jamaloodin and Dos Santos were named by a large number of witnesses in the case against Burney “Nini” Fonseca, the man who formed the link between the murder’s intellectual authors and executors. In the Fonseca case, the Public Prosecution Service left open whether Dos Santos was a financier or client to liquidate Wiels.
Fonseca was eventually sentenced to 26 years in prison for his role in the Maximus case. Elvis Kuwas was previously sentenced to life as a gunman. His two accomplices, Martinez and Fiorentina, were both killed before they could be tried.
With the decision not to prosecute Dos Santos, there are now no more suspects on the list of the Public Prosecution Service in this murder case.