New Attorney-General had issues in the past

WILLEMSTAD–New Attorney-General for Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) Roger Bos had some issues in the past, not a completely unblemished record as the Prosecutor’s Office would want everyone to believe, court reporter Marco van Kampen said in the Dutch newspaper De Limburger in response to Bos’ appointment in the Dutch Caribbean.

“It could just be that Bos is being promoted out of the way now that the chance has presented itself,” wrote Van Kampen. He has experienced Bos for 5½ years as a court reporter when Bos as chief led the Limburg Prosecution.

Bos has a comprehensive background as a prosecutor and deputy chief and has served as chief justice officer of the Prosecution Council since 2012. There he faced a reorganisation in which he had to make tough decisions and – as straight as he is – was also able to do it. That caused internal turmoil, according to Van Kampen.

Bos became part of a scandal when he himself was the subject of an integrity investigation, the first of its kind. The Research Council of Integrity and Government examined whether there was a culture of fear and entitlement at the Prosecutor’s Office in Limburg. Bos and the prosecution management were investigated.

The Curaçao prosecution criticised the Dutch press for paying no attention to the results of that investigation, which would show that Bos had impeccable behaviour.

Court reporter Van Kampen said the investigation showed there was no widespread culture of fear and entitlement, but that some of the employees were hampered by this. The leadership wanted to exercise too much control.

The recommendations in the report are being implemented at this time.

Source: The Daily Herald