The entire process has been going on since 2013. The extradition request was heard on two occasions by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague. The first time it was heard at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office because the Joint Court of Justice had advised against the extradition. The Supreme Court however agreed with the Prosecutor’s Office. After the Joint Court of Justice heard the extradition request for a second time, the lawyer the three men appealed to the Supreme Court again. On November 15, 2016 the Supreme Court finally ruled that extradition request is undoubtedly permissible. Subsequently the lawyers of the three men tried through a number of civil summary proceedings to prevent the actual extradition to take place. All these summary proceedings were lost.
Ultimately the Governors of Curaçao and Sint Maarten on January 16, 2017 took the final decision on extradition.