WILLEMSTAD – The Attorney-General at the Supreme Court has come to the conclusion that there is no reason to question the conviction in appeal by the Court in Willemstad of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. In his advice to the Supreme Court published yesterday, the Attorney-General concludes that the cassation appeal filed by Schotte must be rejected.
This makes it almost certain that the former prime minister will have to serve the imprisonment of 3 years imposed on him and that he may not be active in politics for 5 years. It is very rare for the Supreme Court to deviate from the conclusion of the Attorney-General. His extensive analysis offers Schotte little hope that an exception will be made for him.
Schotte was convicted of being bribed by the mafia affiliated casino boss Francesco Corallo from Sint Maarten. In exchange for the payment to Schotte of at least 2 million guilders in bribes, Corallo bought control over the government of Curaçao and important institutions such as the Central Bank. As soon as the Supreme Court pronounces the conclusion of the Attorney-General, the Public Prosecution can arrest Schotte and place him behind bars. In addition, he will have to give up his seat in parliament for a period of 5 years and pay a further 1.8 million to the government.