Former PM of Curacao sentenced to three years in prison for corruption

Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte

PM found guilty of bribery, forgery and money laundering charges

The Court of Justice here has sentenced former prime minister Gerrit Schotte to three years imprisonment after he was found guilty of bribery, forgery and money laundering charges.

The court also ruled that his long-time partner, Cicely van der Dijs, be sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In addition, the court Friday said that the former prime minister cannot participate as a candidate in any elections for the period of five years.

Schotte, the leader of the MFK party, was appointed the country’s first prime minister in October 2010, He served for two years before members of his own administration quit and formed a new government. Schotte labelled the move as coup sponsored by The Hague.

The court said that the charges against the former prime minister had been proven.
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