Antillean election-winner Godett arrested

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8 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Antillean politician Anthony Godett was arrested on Tuesday in the Netherlands Antilles on suspicion he is a member of a criminal organisation.

8 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — Antillean politician Anthony Godett was arrested on Tuesday in the Netherlands Antilles on suspicion he is a member of a criminal organisation.

The leader of the FOL political party is also accused of involvement in unlawful activities allegedly committed by party colleague Ben Komproe, who was the Netherlands Antilles' Justice Minister at the time.

Komproe was arrested on Monday after allegedly giving a residence permit several months ago to dozens of Dominican Republic and Colombian prostitutes working in the open-air brothel Camp Alegre.

A court had ruled in May that Komproe was not authorised to issue the residence permits, Dutch public news service NOS reported.
 
Godett was convicted on appeal in July and sentenced by the Willemstad Court to 15 months jail — five of which were suspended — for bribery, fraud and money laundering.

He has since launched an appeal for cassation with the Dutch Supreme Court and is conducting a public fund raising campaign to pay his legal bills.

As leader of the FOL party, Godett won the Antillean elections last year, but was unable to be appointed prime minister due to the corruption allegations lodged against him.

He then appointed Komproe to the position and later still, his sister Mirna Louisa-Godett was appointed prime minister. The coalition Cabinet collapsed in May due to a crisis of confidence with Minister Komproe.

The Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are the three parts of the kingdom of the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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