PHILIPSBURG–Attorney-at-law Brenda Brooks has lost her bid for a certificate of good conduct. The Court of First Instance ruled against the lawyer who had filed a petition with the Court against the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office.
These legal authorities had denied Brooks’ request for a certificate because she had been convicted of bribery.
Brooks (42) was arrested on February 22, 2017, under the suspicion of having committed three crimes, among which was bribery of a member of the Immigration and Border Protection Service at Princess Juliana International Airport.
Brooks filed a request on January 24, 2018, to obtain a certificate of good conduct as she wants to establish a real-estate company, which requires a director’s licence.
Two months later she received notification that the request was turned down, which had to do with her involvement in the so-called “Ostrich” investigation.
The lawyer was sentenced on May 30, 2018, to six months suspended and a NAf. 10,000 fine for the bribery of a civil servant in July 2016.
Brooks appealed the sentence and filed a new request for a certificate of good conduct on July 25, 2018. One month later the request was once again turned down due to her conviction.
Brooks, who was represented in the proceedings by attorneys Hedy Kockx and Sjamira Roseburg, objected to the minister’s refusal to give her the requested certificate because she has not been irrevocably convicted.
Therefore, it could not be established that Brooks had committed a criminal offence. Also, it could not be proven that a conviction would make her unfit to legally establish a company, her legal team had stated.
The Minister of Justice, represented in these procedures by attorney-at-law Aernout Kraaijeveld, presented to the Court decisions by the Chief Prosecutor and the Attorney-General which were based on Brooks’ conviction of the “white collar” crime of bribery.
Bron: Daily Herald