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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutor s Office has decided to revoke the appeals lodged against two of the five suspects in the BUMO case.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Finance, the Honorable Richard Gibson, who is also a lawyer by profession, told reporters this week that he has received the report from the committee regarding the establishment of a law school on the island.

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – The largest trial in the history of this British overseas territory will get underway on Monday with billions of dollars at stake.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Felix Floyd Crawford who is known by the police not only on St. Maarten but also in his home country of St. Kitts, will be receiving a sentence of 20 years in jail for at least two high profile robberies that took place on the island.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Judge Bob Wit paid a courtesy visit to the Chairlady of Parliament during his recent visit to the island.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - This month, Molly Steward, partner with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, launches the ‘Collected Employment Laws and Regulations Curaçao 2015’, which she compiled.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday July 6th at approximately 09.15 p.m. police arrested a male suspect with the initials E.R.W. (45) who appeared on the Interpol most wanted list, for crimes committed in the Dominican Republic.

The arrest took place at the Starz Casino in Cupe-a-Coy after information reached the police department of the suspect being in that area at the time.

After the information was verified by the police department that this suspect was indeed listed on the most wanted list of Interpol, police patrols were directed to the location to conduct an investigation.

Prior to conducting this investigation the Prosecutors Office was informed of the situation who granted the officer permission to make the arrest. On the scene the investigating officers confirmed the identity of the suspect and the arrest was made without any incident.

The suspect was then brought to the Philipsburg Police Station where he was placed in custody pending further investigation.

The investigation has shown that the suspect has both the Dutch as well as the Dominican nationality.

The police department through the Prosecutors Office will be contacting the Dominican authorities to discuss the legal steps which have to be taken to deal with this case.

The media will be informed regarding the progress of the investigation as it continues.

BRADES, Montserrat – Attorney-at-Law Warren Cassell has had all of his convictions quashed by the Privy Council leaving Cassell with no criminal record.  

BES Islands - On Monday July 4th Gerard van Loo took the oath in his function as the new Chief of Basic Police Care Saba.

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Real Estate lawyer Tom Peeters has been appointed partner with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne as per 1 July. Tom joined the Dutch Caribbean firm in 2013 and heads the Bonaire office. Under his wing, the branch has steadily grown and managed to achieve a permanent position as market leader on the island, with clients such as the (Central) Government, utility companies, the airport, and various international hotels.

To that end, Tom has invested a lot in know-how of and insight in the business community in Bonaire and the other Dutch Caribbean islands since his arrival. He regularly publishes, speaks and provides workshops, and is board member and supervisory director of various organizations, including BONHATA (the trade organization for tourism in Bonaire). For instance, Tom will host a seminar on procurement and contracting in Curaçao on 7 July, to be repeated in St. Maarten in August. He also raised questions and stressed the importance of the practical feasibility of the Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES with the government, resulting in important modifications in the final version of the law that was introduced on 1 July.

Tom is an experienced and specialized real estate lawyer, with special expertise in the traditional and sustainable energy sector. With his background as engineer, he advises on project development and procurement in a pragmatic way. He litigates as well, in matters concerning construction law and disputes on spatial planning and the environment. Tom is also qualified to act as a cassation attorney. Before his arrival in the Caribbean in 2013, he worked for international law firms, and he was director of a legal consultancy firm. He also fulfilled technical and legal advisory positions with the Royal Dutch Navy.

Tom responds as follows: “I am glad and proud to be part of the team (of partners) of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and to be involved in the challenging real estate developments in the Caribbean. The growth of our office in Bonaire is symbolic for the increase in business activity on this island, where the need for practical, practicable, and creative advice increases.”

Managing partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer adds: “Our firm has offices on all islands and invests in local know-how and commitment. The BES Islands get more and more regulations of their own. Local incorporation hereof provides a new dynamic. This requires advice with an understanding of local circumstances. In recent years, we have shown to be able to anticipate and advise in this respect, and Tom has had an important role in it, beside his role as branch manager in Bonaire.”

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