PHILIPSBURG–Acting Secretary-General (SG) of Justice Udo Aron has been suspended for his alleged role earlier this month in walking past Immigration personnel at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM with a woman who did not have the necessary documents.
The incident took place on May 5 and an official complaint was filed recently by the Immigration officer who witnessed the incident.
Minister of Justice Edson Kirindongo continues with his policy not to discuss personnel issues in the media, but he confirmed that Aron had been suspended. Aron was given the suspension letter on Wednesday and was officially informed not to enter the building as of Thursday until the investigation by the National Detectives is completed.
Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij and Aron travelled to the Dominican Republic in April on a working visit. Noordzij came back to the island days before Aron headed. Aron arrived at the airport on May 5 with a Dominican Republic woman and walked past Immigration officers, informing them that he had the situation under control. Immigration officers did not accept Aron’s statement and told him to follow correct procedures.
According to reports, Aron decided to contact the acting head of Immigration and informed him that he was being harassed by the Immigration officers. The acting head allegedly informed the officers that everything was under control and that Aron could pass with the woman.
This did not sit well with the Immigration officers and they immediately contacted their union to file an official complaint with it about what had transpired.
Kirindongo met with union representatives, during which they informed him of what had taken place on May 5. He ordered a full investigation of the incident and filed an official complaint with the National Detectives the next day.
Source: Daily Herald
Acting SG suspended by Justice Minister Thurs.