WILLEMSTAD – The Court of Justice has scheduled a full week for the hearing of the appeal case of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs. This case is referred to as Babel.
Last year Schotte and Van der Dijs were convicted of corruption, money laundering, and forgery among other things.
According to credible sources, the reason why the Court of Justice has scheduled a full week is to prevent the case from being postponed again. If witnesses have to be heard, they can be summoned that same week. The names of most of the witnesses are already known and it shouldn’t be a problem to have them ready to testify that week that was set aside for the case.
Earlier it was announced that the case will be heard before the elections but according to the sources, this is not true. The case will be treated by the Court on a later date, possibly in May this year.
The Court also agreed to hear four experts. It was agreed that experts would investigate whether the invoices found Schotte’s computer were falsified. There was also an investigation into the financing of a political party. A forensic investigation was also requested into the money flow based on forgery, money laundering and corruption.
The Supreme Court gave the defendants until February 26 to present the results of these investigations done by the experts to the Public Prosecution. The Public Prosecution will then have a month to respond.