Tromp case is to start July 25

WILLEMSTAD–The Prosecutor’s Office summoned Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) President-director Emsley Tromp for tax fraud.

The first session on July 25 will be a hearing where the defence can submit investigation requests on which the judge will take a final decision. When the actual court case regarding content will take place depends on that.

The “Saffier” probe was started in 2016 by the Anti-Corruption Team TBO as part of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST and in response to persistent media reports about alleged fiscal malpractice committed by the suspect.

During the investigation a number of searches were conducted including in CBCS and at the suspect’s home. Witnesses have also been heard and documents were received from abroad.

These efforts led, among other things, to the suspicion that Tromp deliberately did not pay tax on all income received for his retirement benefit over the period 2006 to 2014. The disadvantage for the country’s treasury is estimated at about 5.5 million Antillean guilders.

This part of the probe was finalised during the spring and prompted the trial starting July 25. The investigation into the remaining facts is still ongoing and a prosecution decision on those will be taken later.

Source: The Daily Herald