Netherlands, Curaçao & Sint Maarten Ombudsman speak with Willem-Alexander about developments in their countries.

Finally, there was a meeting with the ombudsmen of the Kingdom. The ombudsmen of the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten spoke with Willem-Alexander about developments in their countries, the relationship between citizen and government and the role of their institute in problems between citizens and the government. In addition, discussions were held with the quartermaster of Aruba about the advanced plans for establishing an ombudsman in Aruba.

Justice Stakeholders Meet To Discuss Joint Concerns About St Maarten Prison

Joint concerns about the lack of prison cells, and the poor quality of prison life on St Maarten were discussed between the Progress Committee Sint Maarten, law Enforcement Council, Point Blanche Supervisory Board and the Public Prosecutor’s Office during a meeting held today, October 29th 2019.

Sonesta Completes St Maarten Relaunch

Sonesta has also debuted a major new all-inclusive “Entertainment Program,” with day and night activities, a “vibrant” live music schedule, a series of yoga, pilates and wellness classes, a pop theater and “Showcase Masterclass” demonstration sessions, among others. 

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The Dutch Government, Military and Police are In The Caribbean To Run Drugs, Not To Hinder It

After a major search on board Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt has been found drugs again by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. The LPD returned on Thursday after deployment in the West and an exercise near Spain. In September drugs were found at a crew member of the ship, there were indications that more were on board. 

Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt left Den Helder at the end of August for the Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise in the Caribbean. While the JWIT made the crossing, hurricane Dorian destroyed islands of the Bahamas. The ship was then (after a stopover on Sint Maarten), with hydrographic survey vessel Zr.Ms. Snellius, directed to the Bahamas. Afterwards it sailed to Curacao where the ship had to undergo an emergency repair. The ship sailed to Den Helder via a port visit to the US and Lisbon, where it arrived on Thursday. But instead of a relaxed return home, the ship, the helicopters and the crew awaited a police and customs investigation team. The ship was thoroughly searched on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it was announced that 11 kilos of hard drugs were found. The search was set up because, according to the Marechaussee, there were indications of the presence of drugs on board. A 23-year-old soldier from the Johan de Witt was arrested last month when he had 11 kilos of drugs in his backpack. It is currently being investigated whether there is a connection between the two parties.

Drug capture is again a disappointment for the navy. In a year and a half, it is certainly the fourth time that a large amount of drugs is found in the navy. In July 2018, drugs were found by marines at the Marine barracks in Doorn in a container that came from the West, in June 2019 a cargo of cocaine was found at the naval base on Curacao , in September and in October on board Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt. Exercise skipped?

Zr.Ms. In the context of the upcoming leadership role of the Netherlands in the NATO Response Force task force in 2020, Johan de Witt would participate in the Dynamic Mariner exercise after the exercise in the West. This exercise ran from 7 to 18 October from the Spanish Rota. However, the ship was still in the US three days prior to the start of the exercise, and nothing has ended up in the public domain of participation in the exercise by the JWIT, while the Navy had previously announced that it would pay a lot of attention to participation by the Johan. de Witt. The Van Speijk was visible on social media.

11 kilos cocaine found on naval ship Johan de Witt. Just returned from Curacao

“After he was arrested, we received specific indications that there were more drugs on the ship,” said a spokesperson for the military police. In Den Helder, where the ship is now located, the Johan de Witt has been extensively searched. The personnel that came on board were checked. Three helicopters were also searched.

The spokesperson does not want to say where the drugs were hidden.

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