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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, ordered the recovery of criminal proceeds as requested by the Prosecutor’s Office in the court case against A.K. (47). The order was for the amount of USD 122.502,71 and is intended to recover the illegally obtained profit from the embezzlement of jewelry.

A.K. was also sentenced to 4 months in jail fully conditional and a probation period of two years for the embezzlement of jewelry. The accused, in addition, has to serve 160 hours of community service.

Orders to recover proceed of crime fit within the new policy of the Prosecutor’s Office and from now on the Prosecutor’s Office will submit more such claims to the Court of First Instance. The aim is to emphasize that “crime does not pay.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On September 26, 2016 the people of St. Maarten went to the polls to elect a new parliament. The Prosecutor’s Office meanwhile received indications that voters may have been bribed to cast their vote for a particular party or person or were approached to do so.

In light of this new development the Prosecutor’s Office calls on anyone who has information about any suspicious situation concerning vote buying that may have taken place, or who were approached to accept money or any other type of goods or favors, to please contact the National Detectives Agency (Landsrecherche) at 526-2242.

All information will be handled confidentially. It’s also possible to call the anonymous tip line of the police at: 9300. Investigators will hear persons who were approached (but did not agree to anything) as witnesses, not as suspects.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court in Curaçao on december 20, 2016 rejected the request of R.G.K., R.M.R. and G.T.F. to prohibit the governor to sign their extradition to the United States of America.
The Supreme Court decided on November 15, 2016 that the three suspects can be extradited to the USA where they are suspected of drug-related charges.
They filed a civil injunction (“civiele kort geding”) requesting to prohibit the Governor to sign their extradition, which turned down by the court today.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A 40-year-old St Lucian national is due to appear in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court today after he was nabbed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on arrival from Castries last Tuesday.

Police say a search of Alfred Wayne Simeon’s luggage and person revealed two transparent wrapped packages containing one kilogramme of powdered cocaine concealed in his underwear. The estimated street value of the drugs is $50,000.

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SABA- On Sunday, December 18th , at approximately 00.45 AM, a stabbing took place in a venue on Park Lane Street in Windwardside.

A man was stabbed twice by another man. Cause of the stabbing is probably a personal problem between the two men. The victim was taken to the hospital by a private individual for medical treatment.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  A male suspect with initials T.J.F. from Belvedere was arrested on December 14 2016, at approximately 16.20 pm in connection with the disappearance of E. ROSARIO and L. DIAZ SARANTE. Following the arrest of T.J.F. a searched was carried out at his home also situated in the area.

Additionally a further investigation was also conducted in a hotel in the Pelican area, where the young men were last seen on December 5 2016, by detectives and members of the Forensic Team.

We continue to request the assistance of the public in finding the two young men. Persons with any information are asked to contact the Police Station by calling 542-2222 ext 208 or 211.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspect O.A. (35) has been released on Friday morning December 16, 2016 by the Prosecutor’s Office. His custody ends today and the Prosecutor’s did not order his prolonged custody, because in light of the ongoing investigation it’s not necessary that the suspects remains in detention.

O.A. remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation.

On November 28, 2016 a total of seven (7) premises, including the house of the suspect, the offices of the port authority of Sint Maarten and at a security company were searched in light of the investigation code-named “Emerald”.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Thursday December 15 2016, a second suspect in connection with the ongoing Onyx investigation was arrested.

No more details at the moment.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Judge of Instruction on Thursday, December 15, 2016 suspended the pre-trial detention of V.C.E.A. (59). She was arrested on suspicions of threat, insult and libel. She remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation and must refrain from having contact with the complainant. She is also to abstain from using Facebook for the next three (3) months.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance on has sentenced Thursday, December 14, 2016 F.F.C. (38) to the payment of NAf 2,197,16 en US$ 1,900 to one of his victims. And the payment of US$ 3,460 to another victim. The victims had submitted a claim for damages suffered.

On July 13, 2016 F.F.C. was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 20 years in jail. He was found guilty of committing 9 armed robberies, 4 thefts with assault and battery, attempted manslaughter against one police officer, threatening two persons with a firearm of which one was a 14 year old boy, and illegal firearms possession.

The Prosecutor’s Office also submitted an order to recover proceed of crime against F.F.C. because of monies stolen during the robberies. The Court agreed to this request and sentenced F.F.C. to paying back US$ 15,668.94.

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