PHILIPSBURG Parliament’s Committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations meets at 9:45am today, Wednesday, to appoint a new chairperson. The meeting will be held in the General Assembly Hall of Parliament House.
The present committee chairman is suspended Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger (United Democrats). The deputy chairman is MP Claude Peterson (St. Maarten Christian Party).
MP Jules James (United Democrats) is a substitute MP in the place of Heyliger. That does not mean that he automatically becomes a member or heads any committee Heyliger was part of.
The replacement of Heyliger as committee head comes on the day after his legal team scored a victory in the case against his detention. Heyliger is to be released from his legal detention, but not before a bail bond of sorts is put up for him.
The Court is still to issue its official written decision on his release. That written decision is expected today. In the interim, efforts are on the way to get the some US $300,000 guarantee needed to secure his release and to allow him, when needed, to travel to overseas for medical treatment.
Doctors found a tumor in Heyliger’s right kidney. That tumour has been deemed cancerous after a biopsy.
Heyliger was arrested at his home in Guana Bay on February 19. He is charged levied by the Prosecutor’s Office of corruption and money-laundering over a long period. He was transported from Pointe Blanche Prison to St. Maarten Medical Centre just over a week ago for urgent treatment. While there, the judge on the request of the prosecutor extended his detention for another 30 days. It is against that further detention that a ruling was rendered on Tuesday.
The parliamentary session is open to the public and will be live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, Pearl Radio FM 98.1, www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Facebook.com/Parliament of Sint Maarten.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87696-kingdom-affairs-committee-to-appoint-new-chairperson