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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court in Curaçao on december 20, 2016 rejected the request of R.G.K., R.M.R. and G.T.F. to prohibit the governor to sign their extradition to the United States of America.
The Supreme Court decided on November 15, 2016 that the three suspects can be extradited to the USA where they are suspected of drug-related charges.
They filed a civil injunction (“civiele kort geding”) requesting to prohibit the Governor to sign their extradition, which turned down by the court today.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A 40-year-old St Lucian national is due to appear in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court today after he was nabbed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on arrival from Castries last Tuesday.

Police say a search of Alfred Wayne Simeon’s luggage and person revealed two transparent wrapped packages containing one kilogramme of powdered cocaine concealed in his underwear. The estimated street value of the drugs is $50,000.

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SABA- On Sunday, December 18th , at approximately 00.45 AM, a stabbing took place in a venue on Park Lane Street in Windwardside.

A man was stabbed twice by another man. Cause of the stabbing is probably a personal problem between the two men. The victim was taken to the hospital by a private individual for medical treatment.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  A male suspect with initials T.J.F. from Belvedere was arrested on December 14 2016, at approximately 16.20 pm in connection with the disappearance of E. ROSARIO and L. DIAZ SARANTE. Following the arrest of T.J.F. a searched was carried out at his home also situated in the area.

Additionally a further investigation was also conducted in a hotel in the Pelican area, where the young men were last seen on December 5 2016, by detectives and members of the Forensic Team.

We continue to request the assistance of the public in finding the two young men. Persons with any information are asked to contact the Police Station by calling 542-2222 ext 208 or 211.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspect O.A. (35) has been released on Friday morning December 16, 2016 by the Prosecutor’s Office. His custody ends today and the Prosecutor’s did not order his prolonged custody, because in light of the ongoing investigation it’s not necessary that the suspects remains in detention.

O.A. remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation.

On November 28, 2016 a total of seven (7) premises, including the house of the suspect, the offices of the port authority of Sint Maarten and at a security company were searched in light of the investigation code-named “Emerald”.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Thursday December 15 2016, a second suspect in connection with the ongoing Onyx investigation was arrested.

No more details at the moment.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Judge of Instruction on Thursday, December 15, 2016 suspended the pre-trial detention of V.C.E.A. (59). She was arrested on suspicions of threat, insult and libel. She remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation and must refrain from having contact with the complainant. She is also to abstain from using Facebook for the next three (3) months.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance on has sentenced Thursday, December 14, 2016 F.F.C. (38) to the payment of NAf 2,197,16 en US$ 1,900 to one of his victims. And the payment of US$ 3,460 to another victim. The victims had submitted a claim for damages suffered.

On July 13, 2016 F.F.C. was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 20 years in jail. He was found guilty of committing 9 armed robberies, 4 thefts with assault and battery, attempted manslaughter against one police officer, threatening two persons with a firearm of which one was a 14 year old boy, and illegal firearms possession.

The Prosecutor’s Office also submitted an order to recover proceed of crime against F.F.C. because of monies stolen during the robberies. The Court agreed to this request and sentenced F.F.C. to paying back US$ 15,668.94.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspect F.C (56) remains in detention. The judge of instruction on Thursday, December 15, 2016 deemed his detention lawful. F.C. was arrested on December 13 by the Anti- corruption Taskforce (TBO) of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team (RST) at the request of Italian authorities.

Several belongings of the suspect have been confiscated, such as: - 170 apartments

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Solicitor-General on December 15, 2016 asked for jail sentenced of 22 and 15 years in jail for the suspects R.O.R. and B.A.D during the appeal case in the Shorgun investigation.

The punishment asked for by the Solicitor-General is in accordance with the sentence the two suspects received on June 8 by the Court of First Instance of St. Maarten. R.O.R was sentenced by the Court of First Instance for aggravated manslaughter, extortion and accessory to illegal firearm possession concerning two armed robberies that took place at the Sol gas stations in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay.

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