WILLEMSTAD – The Public Prosecution (OM) in Curaçao is claiming more than a million guilders from former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte today. Schotte was sentenced to three years in prison last year for accepting $ 223,000 in bribes, forgery and money laundering. According to the Public Prosecution Schotte, however, laundered more money.
The Public Prosecutions Office, therefore, demands 1.8 million guilders from the former Prime Minister, about one million dollars. According to the Public Prosecutor, Schotte, among other things, illegally received 800,000 dollars via bank accounts in Switzerland and the Marshall Islands.
Schotte became the first Prime Minister of Curaçao in October 2010. He maintained close ties with the Italian-born casino boss Francesco Corallo, who is from Sicily and affiliated with the gambling mafia. In exchange for bribes received from Corallo, Schotte would have gained control over the composition of the ministerial team. He then appointed his own people to important positions.
Schotte still does not have to go to prison for the sentence imposed on appeal because he went into cassation against his conviction. He is assisted by, among others, the Dutch lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops.
The court will take two days, today and tomorrow, to treat this case.