Dutch ex-MP leads Curaao graft inquiry

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Former MP and ex-leader of Green Left Paul Rosenmoller has been asked to head the commission which is investigating allegations of corruption in Curacao’s government and central bank.

Emsley Tromp, who heads the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten accused Curaçao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, and at least two of his ministers, of graft in a land deal and of taking bribes. Mr Tromp then filed an official complaint against the prime minister, as well as the economic affairs and finance ministers. Mr Schotte, in turn, made similar allegations of corruption against Mr Tromp.

No criminal investigation At the end of June, Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner announced that an independent committee would investigate the root of the troubled relationship between the government and the bank. He added that the Dutch National Department of Criminal Investigation would not be involved and said the inquiry would focus on how to restore trust in the vital institutions involved in the row.

"The investigation will not last months and months," said Mr Donner earlier. He preferred speed over precision, he added.

Since dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, Curacao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mr Rosenmoller served as a Dutch MP between 1989 and 2003. He was a renowned for his debating skills in parliament. The commission will also include former ING CEO, Cees Maas.  

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