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By Hilbert Haar ~ In a moment of weakness and - I have to admit, bad judgment - I reacted on Facebook to a post about Member of Parliament Frans Richardson where he stated that two members of the anti-corruption task force (TBO) stole jewelry from...

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Dear Reader

In a poignant post on Facebook we read the statement that something has to be done about all these fights that are constantly happening at the schools.

We agree!

The writer post that she is not hearing any discussion about these fights on the floor of Parliament or even from the Minister of Justice. "There has to be strict legislation drafted by Parliament to protect the students while at school." the poster wrote.

"There are also community police officers of which I do not see much effort being done at creating projects aimed at curbing these serious issues such as violent behaviors, fights, bringing weapons to schools, bullying or even sexual harassment."

"The school boards are also to blame due to their passive ways of making the school safer for the students."

"Parents also need to start pressing charges against the schoolboards or the Board of Education for any harm done to their children during school hours. Parents or guardians of children should have a peace of mind after dropping their children off at school."

Fights have been going on for decades and nothing has been done in government to help remedy the issue. Now the fights have gotten more violent and can even become deadly.

If nothing is done about this, some parent might have to identify their child at the hospital or morgue one of these days. Then it will be too late to do something about it.

Just the thought alone should be enough to make any parent sick to their stomach.

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Prosecutor's Office distances itself from statements Frans

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office does not recognize the statement of Mr. Richardson made in Parliament and to the media about the theft of jewelry by two TBO members in December 2016 and that these persons had returned to the...

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USP Board asks Justice Minister if he will investigate TBO

PHILIPSBURG - The board of the United St. Maarten (US) party is echoing the call by its leader MP Frans Richardson by publicly asking the Minister of Justice if he will investigate the theft of jewelry from the home of Francesco Corallo by two...

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Attorney for Francisco Corallo responds to Letter and allegations of theft submitted by MP Frans Richardson

~ Corallo was not present during house searches ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem in an email to SMN News after questions were posed to him regarding the letter sent by MP Frans Richardson and the allegation of stolen jewelry by TBO Officers said the following.

“Mr. Corallo took notice, like everyone else who reads your blog, of the content of the - alleged – letter to the former Chief Public Prosecutor on Sint Maarten Mr. Ton Maan, sent by a Mr./Mrs. Festen. Mr. Corallo does not have any way to ascertain if this document is real and more importantly if its content is -fully- correct.

Regretfully, Mr. Corallo was not allowed to be present when his goods and the goods of his girlfriend were being seized from his apartment. Mr. Corallo as such was unable to witness the actions of the TBO Officers in this respect. As far as Mr. Corallo knows, there are no unaccounted goods, specifically jewellery.

This remark is made with the reservation that he has not yet obtained all the seized goods back. This means that he can presently only speak for the availability of the jewellery that was not seized from his apartment.
Logically, he will only know that the seized goods that the Solicitor General’ Office took in its possession are really accounted for, when these are returned to him.

Mr. Corallo deducts from the - alleged - letter dated January 8th, 2016, that was published on your media blog that the TBO Officers who allegedly/possibly stole/misappropriated the jewellery of Mr. Corallo and his girlfriend, were subsequently immediately deprived of this jewellery. Furthermore, that this jewellery was – hastily- placed back at the apartment of Mr. Corallo, where it was allegedly taken in the first place.
It goes without saying that if this is indeed the case, Mr. Corallo, who once again was not allowed to be present at the ‘house-search of his apartment, but instead immediately detained upon entry of the TBO officers, handcuffed, blindfolded and harshly transported away, is incapable to establish what really transpired.

The Solicitor General's Office, the persons named in the alleged letter and personal records of the TBO Officers who conducted the house search at the apartment of Mr. Corallo, should provide the requisite clarity, in this respect.

I trust to have informed you adequately herewith on behalf of Mr. Francesco Corallo.”

Jairo Bloem
Attorney at Law

Frans: Dutch TBO agents stole and should have been arrested

PHILIPSBURG - Leader of the USP, MP Frans Richardson on Monday disclosed that two members of the TBO arresting team stole jewelry from Francesco Corallo during his arrest and the raid on his residence in December 2016 and was subsequently sent...

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