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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The criminal proceedings against the suspect G.J.F. in the so called Furgula investigation has been postponed till August 10.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced the suspect S.J.S. (36) born in Singapore for embezzlement, falsifying a cheque and money laundering to 180 days in prison of which 121 days suspended with a probation period of three years and 240 hours of community service.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The judge granted on Monday June 20 the prolonged custody of suspects K.L. and A.J. in the Mahi Mahi investigation.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) yesterday accused the Government of Antigua and Barbuda of unilaterally reneging on their Host Country Agreement, thereby breaching the Treaty of Chaguaramas which binds Caribbean Community (Caricom) nations.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday June 17th 2016 during a short ceremony at the office of the Minister of Justice three new member of Royal Marechaussee were sworn in by the Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo.

NASSAU, Bahamas - The public humiliation that former Bahamas Electricity Corporation board member Fred Ramsey endured during his trial on bribery charges and his subsequent conviction is sufficient punishment for his crime, his lawyer, Wayne Munroe, QC, argued during a sentencing hearing on Friday.

PHILIPSBURG/ THE HAGUE – Representatives of the various offices of the Council on Law Enforcement in the respective Caribbean territories of the Dutch kingdom have concluded a meeting with the Dutch minister of Justice, Ard van der Seur.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The case against C.C.H. was postponed till September 28.

The suspect's lawyer had asked for the postponement and to receive the video recordings of the interrogation of one of the victims.

The Prosecutor opposed to this request stating that it's not common to give copies of interrogations in sexual abuse investigations, especially when it concerns minors.

The lawyer's request was not granted by the judge.

C.C.H. Is suspected of sexual abuse and rape of minors and also possession of child pornography.


WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - With attorneys Lorena Navia and Carlos Winkel taking the oath on Tuesday 7 June 2016, both the Bonaire office as well as the Curaçao office of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne have added a sworn attorney to their teams.

Lorena started at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Bonaire in January and Carlos joined the Curaçao office in March. Both attorneys start in the firm’s Litigation & Commercial section.

In 2013, Lorena Navia graduated in corporate law and completed a master’s degree in political science with an International Relations specialization as well. She worked in the field of asylum and migration law and as a legal assistant with the Red Cross on a voluntary basis.

Her international view and social commitment strongly influenced her desire to work as an attorney in Bonaire. “As a starting attorney on a small island like Bonaire, you’re interacting with your clients right from the start, and you actually see result of the work you do for them. But not only the small scale here appeals to me.

I already learned a lot in a brief period of time, mainly because of the combination of local work and international matters.” Lorena describes being sworn in as a moment to remember. “When you take the oath before the Court of Justice in your robe, you officially become an attorney. And for me, that was the main reason to change course and settle in Bonaire.”

Carlos Winkel was born in Curaçao, grew up partly on the island and in the Netherlands, and studied law at Leiden University. He graduated in Dutch Law in 2015, with a specialization in International Maritime and Transportation Law. On taking the oath, Carlos remarks: “For me, this moment is the official start of my career as an attorney and my future in Curaçao.

This is what I have aimed for in the past years.” To realize that goal, Carlos gained work experience with international law firm Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and interned at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Curaçao as a law student. His ambition to become an attorney in the Caribbean is not a coincidence. “I have always known that I would return to my roots one day.

Life in Curaçao is just great. Moreover, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne offers me the best of both worlds professionally: a broad professional education and a chance to further specialize in maritime and international transportation law in the future. For this purpose, Curaçao ― with a 500-year history in trade and shipping ― is the place to be.”

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Jamaican national Samuel Leroy Campbell has been jailed for two years after he failed to pay $15,000 in fines for drug-related offences.

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