WILLEMSTAD – Esther R. Cheri (Curaçao, 1965) was sentenced to a community service for the duration of 100 hours and for the period of two years relieved of her office as director of Admission Organization Curaçao (TO). This is the culmination of the Valencia case.
Cheri has been declared guilty of misuse of function, human smuggling, incorrect data provision, failure to provide data and co-perpetration of forgery. According to the Court of First Instance, these are serious matters in her capacity as Director TO.
The Court of First Instance took account of the fact that she did not come into contact with the judicial authorities when determining the modalities and penalties. Moreover, according to the Court of First Instance, it is plausible that this conviction will have a major impact on the person and career prospects of the suspect. This means that the Court will not impose imprisonment. The Court considered appropriate and provided for a community service.
In this case, the public prosecutor has demanded a sentence of 12 months in prison, of which 6 months are conditional and 3 years removed from office.
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) Curaçao will now study the verdict but is also satisfied that the judge has found the behavior of the suspect impermissible. According to the case officer, she had an exemplary function at TO, which she did not realize. Abuse of function should not be tolerated in our community, according to the case officer.
The Public Prosecution Service has two weeks to possibly make an appeal in this case.