Prosecutor to go after convicts who must pay

PHILIPSBURG–During the last few years the Court of First Instance has ordered suspects in various cases to repay Government illegal proceeds from their crimes.

Some of these rulings are now irrevocable. A press statement from Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Norman Serphos indicated that according to the laws of Country St. Maarten the execution of court orders and penal verdicts – among them to repay illegal proceeds from crime – is an important task of the Prosecutor’s Office.

“The Prosecutor’s Office is urging those persons involved to come forward to voluntarily repay the criminal proceeds. If payment at once proves to be impossible, the Prosecutor’s Office is willing to discuss the possibility to engage in a repayment plan.

“If, in due time, the persons involved will not have come forward voluntarily, the Prosecutor’s Office will actively engage those persons to repay the illegal proceeds from the crimes they were convicted for,” stated Serphos.

In executing these court orders, the prosecution together with local law enforcement agencies may seize assets of the convicted persons or arrest the convicted persons to execute the custodial prison sentence. To avoid such measures, the persons involved are urged to come forward voluntarily as soon as possible.

Source: The Daily Herald