WILLEMSTAD – Gerrit Schotte, former Prime Minister of Curaçao, has now taken his case to the Court of Appeal.
At the end of August this year, the court of first instance deemed it to be proven that Gerrit Schotte had illegally obtained more than 1.8 million guilders. The Public Prosecution believed that for this reason, this amount must be taken away from him. In the absence of full payment, Schotte is subject to detention for a period of three years.
In the case of Schotte – currently a Member of Parliament – a total of 1,844,190.36 was seized. Part of this money is from the bribery offense for which he was convicted. The other part comes from similar facts to those for which he was convicted.
According to the court, there are sufficient indications that he has once again been guilty of official bribery and/or money laundering. The statement that Schotte made about this, the court deemed ‘not plausible’.
When the appeal in the confiscation case will take place, is still unknown.