WILLEMSTAD – The case named ‘Followers’, in which church leader Orlando Balentina is suspected of sexual abuse of 7 women, of which 3 are minors, was treated by the Court of Appeal yesterday. The Court has set aside two days for the case and yesterday was the first.
The Public Prosecutor has demanded 12 years in prison and 15 years of disqualification from the profession as a church leader. Unlike the first lawsuit, Balentina did make some statements this time. He denied any accusation.
The statements made by the victims revealed that bribery had been committed, but also forced termination of pregnancies after it had become apparent that they had become pregnant because of the sexual abuse.
To ensure the privacy of the victims, they were placed in a separate room. Today the defense is speaking. From his defense it is clear that not the women, but he is the victim of the abuse.