Godett faces 2 years jail for fraud

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18 November 2003 AMSTERDAM — The Willemstad public prosecutor demanded on Monday a two-year jail term against the Antillean prime minister-elect Anthony Godett on charges of fraud, forgery and the acceptance of bribes.The prosecution also demanded a six-year sentence against Nelsen Monte, one of the main backers of the ruling Antillean FOL political party, Dutch associated press ANP reported. Monte is accused of being the pivot of the large scale fraud case and the prosecution said it was shocking how he h

18 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The Willemstad public prosecutor demanded on Monday a two-year jail term against the Antillean prime minister-elect Anthony Godett on charges of fraud, forgery and the acceptance of bribes.

The prosecution also demanded a six-year sentence against Nelsen Monte, one of the main backers of the ruling Antillean FOL political party, Dutch associated press ANP reported.

Monte is accused of being the pivot of the large scale fraud case and the prosecution said it was shocking how he had abused his power, claiming he was only focused on financial gain. He is currently in the US undergoing heart surgery.

FOL leader Godett was arrested on 6 April this year, but was released four weeks later, the day before the Antillean parliamentary elections from which the FOL emerged victorious

Due to the ongoing corruption investigations, Godett forced to appoint his sister Mirna as prime minister, but remained as her most prominent advisor.

His arrest followed a two-year investigation into fraud and corruption at various government enterprises, NOS reported.

But Mirna Louisa-Godett claims the inquiry was politically-motivated to undermine the FOL party. "Who doesn’t see that, is blind," the outspoken prime minister said.  The prosecution has dismissed the allegations as fantasy.

Besides Godett and Monte, there are 16 former politicians, public servants and business people on trial. The Willemstad Court is expected to hand down its ruling mid-December.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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