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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The " Directive Relational Violance" is as of July 1, 2017 in force for Curaçao, Saint Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. This directive replaces the "Violence within the relational atmosphere of Curaçao" from 2006 and the "domestic violence and honor-related violence of the Netherlands" (2010A010). The instruction is conform Article 5 paragraph 4 of the Public Prosecutor's Office issued by the Attorney-General of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba.

The term "relational violence" makes it clear that violence does not occur only within a home. It is about violence committed by someone within the family or amorous relationship of the victim, regardless of the place where violence is committed.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom has appointed Roger Bos today, Friday June 30th 2017, as the new Attorney- general for Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius (BES-islands).

Mr. Bos is Chief Prosecutor for the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the province of Limburg.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Prosecution Office released 46-year old M.M. today, on Wednesday, June 28th 2017. His detention is no longer necessary for the investigation. The suspect was arrested in the Emerald investigation on June 7, 2017. Since that time he was detained. He remains a suspect and the investigation in this case continues.

The Emerald investigation started in April 2016 and revealed that some companies in Sint Maarten have allegedly sent fictitious or greatly increased bills to the port. These invoices were then paid. However, the work on these invoices were probably never, or only a small part executed. The involvement of the suspects M.M. and O.A. , but also others, is currently under investigation.

ST. EUSTATIUS - On Tuesday, June 27th, a 39 year old with the initials J.C.S.S. from Colombia was presented before the investigative judge on Sint Eustatius.

He is the suspect in the homicide-case on Sint Eustatius of his partner.

SINT EUSTATIUS - Last week a report was filed at the police on Sint Eustatius regarding rape and indecent assault.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) points out that media reports on the Emerald-investigation, that port companies are subject to investigation, are not correct.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The custody of the suspect Mark Mingo has been extended today.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of Appeal has rejected today the release of Fransesco Corall.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The court of Appeal decided this afternoon that the extradition of Francesco Corrallo (1960) is permissible.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the past few days several reports were made to the police department regarding home break-ins in the Saunders area. On Thursday, June 15th at approximately 10:45 a.m. another such a call came from a resident of Queen of Flowers road to the Community Police Officer of that area, who stated that an unknown person was busy breaking into her home. This information she had received from her daughter that is ill and alone at home.

The Central Dispatch immediately sent several police patrols to investigate what was taken place. On the scene a male suspect with initials K.S. (19) was arrested after he gained access to the home by forcing the locks of a glass sliding door. Tools and other items used during this break-in was also found and confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody.

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