Legal Perspective

Legal Perspective (1355)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As we are awaiting the arrival of hurricane Maria, the public needs to be aware of the fact, that the Sint Maarten Police Force, the Marines, together with the other law enforcement organizations on the island, will enforce a zero-tolerance policy related to the curfew. We advise the entire community to follow this curfew very strictly to avoid being arrested.
Know that the police, Marines and other law enforcement organizations are visible in all communities at full capacity.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man residing “Over the Bank” in Philipsburg. This incident took place on Sunday September 17th between 07.00 and 08.00 a.m.

Several police patrols, detectives and Forensic Department were on the scene to protect the crime scene, collect evidence and question potential witnesses.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Department is hereby informing all business managers/owners that the curfew applies to everyone and that they should take

PHILIPSBUG, St. Maarten - On Thursday September 14th in the evening hours police arrested one male suspect identified with initials M.I. for looting. During his arrest a large quantity of stolen items were found in his possession.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The men who were arrested recently in Sint Maarten for failing the curfew were sentenced by the Public Prosecutor to 'work punishment' (werkstraf).

Three men have been offered a transaction to work voluntary without pay. They were offered each 40, 40 and 20 hours work and have accepted this sentence. The 20 hours was for a minor. He also waived the amount of money (a couple of hundred dollars) he had on him at that time of the arrest.

Meanwhile, seven people were arrested last night by the police of Sint Maarten (KPSM) for violating the curfew. Five of them received 40 hours of work as a punishment and accepted this. Two men accepted 60 hours of labor for resisting his arrest and the other man received 60 hours of labor for additionally the possession of drugs.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The joint taskforce consisting of members representing the police forces from Aruba and Curacao, the Royal Marechaussee, the V.K.S., the Customs Department under the leadership the Sint Maarten Police Force continue to work diligently to maintain the safety and security situation on the Dutch side of the island totally under control. Joint patrols continue to carry out general controls and other safety and security checks continue to take place on a 24 hours basis.

Police also continue to monitor the situation at all water and supplies distribution locations to make sure that this process takes place safe and without incident. Thus far no incidents have been reported. Gasoline stations and other businesses are gradually reopening to the public and also being monitored by police.

The curfew that was issued by the Honorable Prime Minister William Marlin is being strictly enforced and those in violation of the curfew are being arrested and put through the judicial process.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Since the aftermath of hurricane Irma, a 24 hours curfew was issued by the Honorable Prime Minister William Marlin for the entire Dutch side of the island. As the situation on the island started to improve the Prime Minister changed this curfew to a more lenient one. This curfew is to allow law enforcement to provide the necessary safety and security for all citizens and to allow the clean-up services to continue with the cleaning. The present curfew is now valid from 03.00 p.m. to 08.00 a.m. the following day.

As was decided and publicly announced by the Public Prosecutors Office in collaboration with the police department that all persons in violation of the curfew will be arrested, taken to the police station and will have to go through the legal process.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance on Sint Maarten, at the request of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) of Sint Maarten, agreed with the exceeding time limits for suspects currently detained pending further investigation and/or there day in Court. This in the case of all suspects that, due to the passage of Hurricane Irma, the time limits were not requested on time.

The Public Prosecutor has submitted on Wednesday, September 13, a request in Philipsburg to the Court regarding Article 413 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

ARUBA - The Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) in the night from Saturday 9 to Sunday, September 10th a vessel with six (6) Venezuelans arrested near Aruba.

Around midnight, the radar operator KWCARIB detected a suspicious contact. A Super-RHIB Aruba from the point of support was used and the same could south of the easternmost point of Aruba intercept a vessel having six (6) on board. It turned out to be undocumented Venezuelans Aruba illegally tried to enter.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The past couple of days military and police units on Sint Maarten have put an end to large-scale robberies and looting. An unknown number of persons were detained. Due to lack of detention capacity, persons who did not commit very serious facts have been sent home. All video-material will be reviewed at a later date.

Meanwhile, a lot of data from the internet about looting has been recorded by a combined police- team. The available photos of these suspects will be shared via the internet and the public will be actively asked for assistance in identifying the suspects. At the moment there is still no internet and telephone on Sint Maarten, once the internet is reestablished, the website will be on the air. Citizens can offer their help and upload information about robbers and looters, as well as passing on information about shown people over the internet.

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