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THE DUTCH DISS PATRICK ILLIDGE HARD IN HOLLAND, THE DUTCH REFUSE TO DISCUSS ‘THE CRIMINAL UNDERGROUND, WITH THE CRIMINAL UNDERGROUND?

PATRICK ILLIDGE DISSED IN HOLLAND…. HOW CAN WE DISCUSS CRIME WITH A CRIMINAL? Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) refuses to discuss integrity issues in the presence of St. Maarten Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge (independent), a suspect in a bribery case, during this week’s Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom, the IPKO.

The four-day IPKO starts in The Hague today, Tuesday. Illidge is part of the 10-member St. Maarten delegation, which includes three other independent MPs: Frans Richardson, Lloyd Richardson and Romain Laville. Illidge also attended last year’s IPKO in The Hague, at which time the Bada Bing video was released.

Integrity of government within the Kingdom is on the agenda for this Thursday. Van Raak said he would raise a point of order during that meeting to ask why Illidge, a suspect in the Orca investigation whereby the MP is accused of having accepted US $150,000 in bribes from Bada Bing brothel owner Jaap van den Heuvel, would be allowed to be part of the discussions on integrity.

“I want a discussion on the role of the underworld in politics, I don’t want to talk with the underworld,” Van Raak told The Daily Herald on Monday. “I am not the one to decide on who is part of the St. Maarten delegation, but for me it is unacceptable to talk about integrity in his presence. We are not taking ourselves seriously if we would do so.”

Van Raak wants to discuss financing of political parties. He announced last week that he wanted to reach an understanding with his colleagues in the Kingdom during this week’s IPKO about the eradication of “dirty money” in the islands’ politics. “It would be very strange to have a discussion on this issue in the presence of someone like Illidge,” he said.

“Why has he been taken up into the St. Maarten delegation? I don’t understand it. People who are suspected of having committed criminal acts should be left at home. Reaching agreements about integrity and party financing in the presence of such a person would turn the IPKO into a circus, a theatre play,” said Van Raak.

Van Raak said he found it “impossible” that the MP in question was still in function. “When you are a suspect, you cannot be a people’s representative. You must withdraw until your innocence has been proven. That is democracy. You cannot stay on until the day you have to go to jail,” he said.

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Monday questioned Illidge’s participation in the IPKO and wondered why the MP would be part of discussions on integrity. “The Parliaments of the four countries of our Kingdom will meet this week and the island St. Maarten has delegated the suspected Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge,” the newspaper stated.

Van Raak said in the article that he was very surprised about Illidge’s visit to the Netherlands and that he would seek Illidge’s removal from at least the meeting on integrity.

Illidge was arrested on January 20 and released 10 days later pending his trial. He has been charged with suspected bribery, money-laundering and participation in a criminal organisation. In exchange for the money that he supposedly received from Van den Heuvel, Illidge would have arranged extended opening hours of Bada Bing and work permits for the women working at the establishment.Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) refuses to discuss integrity issues in the presence of St. Maarten Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge (independent), a suspect in a bribery case, during this week’s Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom, the IPKO.

The four-day IPKO starts in The Hague today, Tuesday. Illidge is part of the 10-member St. Maarten delegation, which includes three other independent MPs: Frans Richardson, Lloyd Richardson and Romain Laville. Illidge also attended last year’s IPKO in The Hague, at which time the Bada Bing video was released.

Integrity of government within the Kingdom is on the agenda for this Thursday. Van Raak said he would raise a point of order during that meeting to ask why Illidge, a suspect in the Orca investigation whereby the MP is accused of having accepted US $150,000 in bribes from Bada Bing brothel owner Jaap van den Heuvel, would be allowed to be part of the discussions on integrity.

“I want a discussion on the role of the underworld in politics, I don’t want to talk with the underworld,” Van Raak told The Daily Herald on Monday. “I am not the one to decide on who is part of the St. Maarten delegation, but for me it is unacceptable to talk about integrity in his presence. We are not taking ourselves seriously if we would do so.”

Van Raak wants to discuss financing of political parties. He announced last week that he wanted to reach an understanding with his colleagues in the Kingdom during this week’s IPKO about the eradication of “dirty money” in the islands’ politics. “It would be very strange to have a discussion on this issue in the presence of someone like Illidge,” he said.

“Why has he been taken up into the St. Maarten delegation? I don’t understand it. People who are suspected of having committed criminal acts should be left at home. Reaching agreements about integrity and party financing in the presence of such a person would turn the IPKO into a circus, a theatre play,” said Van Raak.

Van Raak said he found it “impossible” that the MP in question was still in function. “When you are a suspect, you cannot be a people’s representative. You must withdraw until your innocence has been proven. That is democracy. You cannot stay on until the day you have to go to jail,” he said.

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Monday questioned Illidge’s participation in the IPKO and wondered why the MP would be part of discussions on integrity. “The Parliaments of the four countries of our Kingdom will meet this week and the island St. Maarten has delegated the suspected Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge,” the newspaper stated.

Van Raak said in the article that he was very surprised about Illidge’s visit to the Netherlands and that he would seek Illidge’s removal from at least the meeting on integrity.

Illidge was arrested on January 20 and released 10 days later pending his trial. He has been charged with suspected bribery, money-laundering and participation in a criminal organisation. In exchange for the money that he supposedly received from Van den Heuvel, Illidge would have arranged extended opening hours of Bada Bing and work permits for the women working at the establishment.patrick

 

THIS WAS TAKEN VIA THE DAILY HERALD, WHO HAVE NO PROBLEM TAKING MY CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND WITHOUT CITINGSOURCES

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