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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutor’s Office will not initiate a criminal investigation based on the complaint filed by dr. Petit with the National Detectives Agency on September 1, 2016 concerning alleged financial malpractice committed by the Minister of Health, Social Development and Labour and the Director of the Social and Health Insurance Executive Body, USZV.

All parties concerned have been officially informed today about the decision.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday November, 24 2016, at approximately eight twenty (08:20) in the evening the Police Central Dispatch was informed of a robbery that had taken place at the Wah Yun Chinese supermarket at the intersection of the Union and Narrow road in Cole Bay.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  Previously on November 7 2016, a report was issued of a possible shooting that took place on the Pineapple road in St Peters.

An investigation in this matter was carried out by the detective department.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Thursday November 24 2016, a young man for whom an arrest warrant was issued in regards to a burglary that took place on November 24 2016, was arrested and placed in preventive custody.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Authorities in the Dominican Republic said that they are investigating a group of Texas Rangers prospects accused of sexually assaulting six underage teammates.

The suspects were identified as Panamanian Guillermo Villarreal, 18, and Venezuelans Yohel Pozo, 19, Adrian Pernalete, 18, and Rougned Jose Odor, 19, who is the younger brother of the MLB Rangers player with the same name.

A judge told authorities to seize their passports and ordered the four players to be available for questioning, Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican prosecutor’s office, told The Associated Press.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 sentenced the suspect R.H.O.Y to 15 years in jail and his aunt J.E.Y to 18 years in jail.

This was according to the punishment the Prosecutor's Office demanded against the two suspects. The court found it proven that R.H.O.Y murdered his grandfather E.R. York on 31 December, 2014. J.E.Y. was sentenced for incitement.

The Court found it proven that she took the initiative to commit the murder and abused of the fact that she was older than R.H.O.Y. was dependent of her to persuade him to commit the murder.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspects E.R.M. (65) and D.F. (54) wil remain in pre-trial detention for another 60 days. This is what the Judge of Instruction decided on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 after the closed door session that had taken place on Monday, November 21, 2016.

M. and F. were arrested on November 1, 2016 during searches held at the brothels El Capitan and Petit Chateau and M's house in the investigation code-named Pompei.

E.R.M. and D.F. are suspected of human trafficking (exploitation of girls working at brothels-'animeermeisjes"). illegal confinement (locking up the girls), illegal employment and human smuggling.

These criminal fact were committed between January 2014 and november 2016.

PHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Businessman Etienne “Toochi” Meyers will know on Tuesday if he will be freed or remain in police custody, when the Judge of Instruction take a decision regarding his pre-detention.

Mr. Meyers along with 3 other persons were arrested on Tuesday November 1st, following a raid at El Captain Club in Sucker Garden and Le Petit Chateau on Pond Island.

He is being accused of among other illegal activities, human smuggling. At the time of his arrest, the home of Toochi was also searched by law officials, who were accompanied by the prosecution department and a judge.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - One of the suspects in the case of “Pompei” received his freedom Thursday, November 10.

The prosecutor requested on Wednesday, November 9, to prolong his detention and the Judge of instruction agreed, but at the same time the judge did not see it necessary to keep him in jail, and suspended his detention starting the next day.

Our newsroom could not get an official confirmation on if the Prosecutor had appealed the decision of the Judge. Attorney Shaira Bommel told our newsroom that the Prosecutor did appeal the decision of the Judge of Instruction.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Immigration officer J. Marlin and another man, who are suspects in the case “Ostrich” were freed from jail this week when the official paperwork to prolong their detention was not in order. This was a technical error by the Prosecution.
The Judge of Instruction released both of them, but the Prosecutor appealed, and Marlin and the other man had to appear in front of a Judge.

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