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Curaçao’s former prime minister Gerrit Schotte will get three years in prison for corruption

Curaçao’s former prime minister Gerrit Schotte will get three years in prison for corruption

The Curacao former prime minister Gerrit Schotte is a Friday in appeal again sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering, official corruption and forgery. Schotte was in 2016, was sentenced to three years in prison, but refused at that judgment to lay down.

The Public prosecution service of Curaçao, claimed in appeal a prison sentence of three years.

Schotte received money from the Italian casinobaas Francesco Corallo to his election campaign to co-finance. In return we got Corallo far-reaching political influence within the MFF, now the largest opposition party of the island. He even got a voice in the appointment of ministers and the auditor of the Central Bank.

In addition to his prison sentence if Schotte of the court for five years is not eligible, that the sentence continues.

The wife of Schotte, Cicely van der Dijs, was last year convicted of forgery and money laundering. She got nine months in prison imposed and also went on appeal.

Schotte was from 2010 to 2012, the first prime minister of Curaçao, after the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, were dismantled. He was with his party Movementu Futuro Island (MFF), a coalition government with the parties Pueblo Soberano and ido MAN. That coalition clapped in 2012 due to a non-balanced budget, then Schotte resigned as prime minister.

Elections

Despite his conviction remained Schotte the past year politically active. The government of prime minister Hensley Koeiman fell in February 2017, after Schotte two members of profile) Pueblo Soberano convinced their trust in Koeiman on to say. Koeiman dissolved the parliament and wrote new elections.

There was Schotte against it: he had rather seen that the opposition got a new meerderheidscoalitie to form. Then he could premier be without a candidate, what to him by the court was forbidden. Schotte, and a majority of the parliament demanded that the elections were cancelled. The netherlands refused that, and also a hallway to the European Court ran to nothing.

Coalition

On april 28, went to Curaçao and get to the polls. The election was won by the y for the Restructured Antilles (PAR), which together with ido MAN and the new party PIN of ex-prime minister Suzy Camelia-Römer a government will form.

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