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In this edition we bring you the Monday news including part 1 of our 7-parts series from our special report on the workings of the Public Prosecutor's Office in regards to the lead times of criminal investigations and the statutes of limitations, if any, when it comes to the length of these investigations.

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7-parts series about the Public Prosecutor's Office views on the lead times of investigations
This is a special report brought to you by outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor's Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of investigations, in particular those of politicians, other public figures and prominent citizens on St. Maarten.

The introduction to this special report can be read online via the following article:

Part 1 - The Public Prosecutor's Office and its workings

In this first part of this 7-parts series, we will discuss what exactly the Public Prosecutor (known in Dutch as the 'Openbare Ministerie' or 'OM' for short) is and what its role and tasks are.

In a constitutional democracy there exists what we call the 'separation of powers', the 'Trias Politica'. The three separate powers of state. These three separate powers of state are the legislature, the executive branch and the judiciary. The judiciary consists of the standing magistrates (prosecutors) and the sitting magistrates (judges). The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is part of both the judiciary and the executive branch. This means that the OM leads criminal investigations and prosecute suspects in a criminal case. The Public Prosecutor's Office is impartial and is accountable to an independent judge.

According to the press officer of the Public Prosecutor's Office, the OM stands up for the interests of the citizens of St. Maarten and therefore considers it important that the organization is aware of what is happening in society. The Public Prosecutor's Office stands for transparency and is always willing to provide explanations about criminal cases and the policies pursued. Sometimes, however, this can not happen immediately, in order not to negatively affect a current investigation or to put people in jeopardy. It is the express wish of the Public Prosecutor's Office to keep in touch with society and to create trust as a basis for good cooperation in tackling crime. The public authorities of St. Maarten can not fight crime alone and urgently needs the help of the citizens in doing this. For that reason, the Public Prosecutor's Office will be more vocal in the media through press releases, online via Facebook and by giving presentations at schools and to (volunteer) organizations about the work of the Public Prosecutor's Office.

According to the press officer of the Public Prosecutor's Office, this policy will be further explained in the annual plans 2018 and 2019 of the Public Prosecutor's Office. Policies of the Public Prosecutor's Office are also discussed in tripartite meetings between the Chief Public Prosecutor, the Chief of Police and the Minister of Justice. Ultimately, it is the Minister of Justice who is politically responsible to give account to the Parliament of St. Maarten.

In part 2 we will discuss the process of how the Public Prosecutor's Office carries out criminal investigations. Top Stories
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