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PHILIPSBUG, St. Maarten -  The Courtcase against Emsley Tromp (investigation Safier) will be on October 26 and 27. 30

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the last few years, the Court of First Instance in Sint Maarten ordered suspects in various cases to repay to the Country of Sint Maarten the illegal proceeds from their crimes. Some of these court orders and verdicts are now irrevocable. According to the laws of the Country of Sint Maarten, the execution of court orders and criminal verdicts – amongst those court orders to repay illegal proceeds from crime – is an important task of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is urging those persons involved to come forward to voluntarily repay the criminal proceeds. If payment at once proves to be impossible, the Prosecutor’s Office is willing to discuss the possibility to engage in a repayment plan.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Department has been quite busy over the weekend answering many calls for police assistance. At least seven of these calls were for fights that had taken place at different locations. These fights do not include the other cases that are presently other investigation by the Detective Department.

On Friday July 21st, at approximately 10.35 p.m. a jealous husband with initials P.P.C. was arrested for ill-treating his wife with a machete. As a result of the ill-treatment the victim suffered several wounds to her body which needed medical attention. The incident took place on the Arch Road in Sucker garden. The suspect remains in custody pending further investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man which took place on Thursday July 20th at approximately 11.30 p.m. on Diamond Hill road in Cole Bay. The stabbing took place during a major brawl between two groups of men during which weapons were used. Immediately after receiving the first call the Emergency Dispatch Center sent several police patrols, detectives and paramedics to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

According to the reports the brawl was a result of an argument these men had with each other earlier in the evening at the gasoline station on Bush road which turned into a physical confrontation. The dispute continued later between these two groups and weapons were used.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department is presently investigating an incident whereby shots were fired and which took place on Wednesday July 19th at approximately 01.15 a.m. on the Walter Nisbet road. The victims with initials S.N. and A.R. stated that shots were fired at them from the car of the suspect with initials J.M. who is the ex-partner of the female victim.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday July15th 2017, at approximately 02.00 p.m. a routine control was conducted by the Alpha Team at the Princess Juliana Airport. A man with the initials B.F.G who was travelling off island with his wife and two kids were subjected to a routine control.

During this control a large sum of money was discovered and which was divided among the family. The money that was discovered was more than the legal limit of $ 10.000, - and which was not declared to the customs.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with an ongoing investigation led by the Detectives regarding the ill-treatment of two female victims with initials S.F. and C.B., another female with initials P.W. was arrested as a suspect in this case. The incident took place on Sunday July 2nd at a carwash located on the L.B. Scot road.

The arrest of P.W. took place on Wednesday July 12th after a warrant for her arrest was issued by the Public The Prosecutor. After being questioned the suspect was released later that day.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigation two separate armed robberies which took place on Wednesday July 12th.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department of the KPSM is still busy with “Mars” investigation which is regarding two men namely Luis David Sarante-Diaz also known as “Blanco” and Erwin Rosario Contreras also known as “Eggy” who went missing on Monday December 5th 2016, after they entered a hotel room at the Simpson bay Resort and Marina.

On Wednesday July 12th 2017, a press release was issued by the police department in the local newspapers and on Social Media, in search for a green old model Dodge Caravan. This vehicle was last seen on the premises of the Simpson bay Resort and Marina on the same date the two men went missing and was most probably used in the disappearance of both men.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Curaçao extradited today, July 12th 2017,  two suspects to the United States, namely M.L.D. (May 8, 1966, Dominican Republic) and K.M.H. (January 22, 1959, Lebanon). They were transferred to the US Marshalls of the United States by officials of the Organized Crime Division (DGC) at Hato Airport in Curaçao.

L.D. was arrested on July 24, 2015 and H. on March 24, 2016, pending extradition to the United States.

M.L.D. left Curaçao today on a flight by American Airlines under the guidance of the Marshalls to Miami. K.M.H. left Curaçao on a flight specially flown in to take him to New York, JFK.

The Joint Court of Justice had positively advised on 3 November 2015, on the extradition request from the United States for M.L.D.  The suspect L.D. went into cassation against this positive advice. The Supreme Court rejected however his appeal by judgment of 21 March 2017.

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