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UPDATE: Aruba Government Falls! OM Suspects Government Party POR of embezzling community funds Investigation English/ Dutch/ Papiamentu


LATEST: The Aruban government of Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes on Tuesday offered its resignation to the governor of the island. That decision was taken after it was announced in the morning by the Public Prosecution Service in Aruba that a criminal investigation is taking place into misuse of money by coalition party POR. This means that the government is outgoing, the parliament will be dissolved and new parliamentary elections will be held shortly.

The announcement of the Public Prosecution Service followed media reports about an investigation into politics. The government calls reliability of the administration one of its most important points.

Aruba has a coalition of three parties after the elections of September 22, 2017. The MEP party of Prime Minister Wever-Croes and the smaller parties RED and POR. Just before Wever-Croes filed the resignation of its government, the Netherlands announced that it will help Aruba with new financial support. This will enable the country to absorb the consequences of the corona pandemic.

Oranjestad Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes (MEP) has offered the resignation of her cabinet to the governor. The reason is the suspicion against coalition party POR of embezzling public money.

Earlier today it was announced that the Public Prosecution Service had seized bank accounts of a foundation affiliated with the POR. The leader of the party, Justice Minister Andin Bikker, has in a written distance from the POR, which was already discredited last year because of suspicions against its former minister Oduber.

It is not known whether the fall of the Wever-Croes cabinet will bring forward the elections scheduled for September 24.

Oranjestad Government party POR is suspected of misappropriating public money. Before the money could be diverted, the Public Prosecution seized the bank accounts of the party headed by Minister of Justice Andin Bikker.

The Public Prosecution Service was prompted to report an unusual transaction to FIU-Aruba (Financial Intelligence Unit) (a so-called MOT report). These are alleged irregularities concerning the management of funds in a bank account of a foundation of the faction of the POR in the parliament of Aruba.

On behalf of the Attorney General, the report was further investigated by the Landsrecherche Aruba. On this basis, the suspicion of embezzlement arose. “ Because the money in this account is community money and the Public Prosecution wants to prevent this money from disappearing in one way or another, this is why this week some of the accounts that have been identified during the investigation so far have been seized has come according to the OM.

The National Criminal Investigation Department will conduct further investigation and during the investigation the Public Prosecution Service will not make any further statements about the content of the investigation, the persons involved or designated as suspects. Former POR minister Oduber had already come under suspicion. Another minister of the POR Marisol Lopez-Tromp was fired last year because she complained about abuses at some ministries.

Aruba: OM suspects government party POR in Aruba of embezzling community funds

ORANJESTAD – Government party POR is suspected of misappropriating public money. Before the money could be diverted, the Public Prosecution seized the bank account of the party of which Minister of Justice Andin Bikker is the leader.

The Public Prosecution Service’s actions were prompted by a report of an unusual transaction to the FIU-Aruba (Financial Intelligence Unit) (a so-called MOT report). These are alleged irregularities concerning the management of funds in a bank account of a foundation of the faction of the POR in the parliament of Aruba.

On behalf of the Attorney General, the report was further investigated by the Aruba National Investigation Service. On this basis, the suspicion of embezzlement arose. “Because the money in this account is community money and the Public Prosecution Service wants to prevent the money from disappearing in one way or another, for that reason this week some accounts have been seized that have come into the picture during the investigation so far,” according to the OM.

The criminal investigation department will conduct further investigation and, in the meantime, the Public Prosecution Service will not make any other statements about the content of their work. The persons involved have been designated as suspicious. Former POR minister Oduber had already come under suspicion. Another minister of the POR Marisol Lopez-Tromp was fired last year because she complained about abuses at some ministries.

Breaking News

ARUBA 🇦🇼
Gobiernu di a Aruba a kai.
Evelyn Wever Croes bayendo gobernador pa disolve parlamento.
E motibu ta ku awe Ministerio publiko a anunsia ku nan a kuminsa investigashon penal pa malversashon di fondo diparti e frakshon di POR

KRIOYO TUR ORA

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