T.H. Detention Extended by Eight Days. To be Moved to Bonaire
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T.H. Detention Extended by Eight Days. To be Moved to Bonaire

Public Prosecution Service, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten Public Prosecution Service, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN/BONAIRE - The Judge of Instruction ruled today to keep T.H. in pre-trial detention for an additional eight days the Anti Taskforce for Corruption said on Friday.

“T.H. will undergo his pre-trial detention in the Judicial Institution Caribbean Netherlands JICN on Bonaire. This decision has been made based on the fact that the Point Blanche Prison has reached its maximum capacity of 70 and remaining detained at the Philipsburg police headquarters is not an option.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a new policy regarding the detention ofinmates. This was also communicated to the general public. This policy aims to safeguard the proper adherence to basic human rights standards. 

“As a consequence, a suspect can only remain at the Philipsburg police headquarters for a maximum of 10 days. Minors may not be detained for longer than 3 days, regardless of the crime.

“The maximum capacity in the Point Blanche Prison has been set at 70 inmates and Prosecutors frequently scrutinize detention conditions. The Public Prosecutor’s Office had to release 3 prisoners last Friday, because overpopulation led to human rights violations. These 3 prisoners had already served most of their prison time and were set to be released in March.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office expects the capacity issues in Point Blanche to deteriorate further in the coming weeks, as Curaçao has announced it will be sending 7 prisoners back to Sint Maarten. While the situation at the Point Blanche Prison is not ideal for any prisoner, a differentiation is made between individuals with an irrevocable conviction and those in pre-trial detention. 

“T.H. was held in pre-trial detention at the Philipsburg police headquarters in interest of the ongoing investigation.

“The Public Prosecutor has concluded that T.H. cannot stay longer at the police station as it would violate the human right to humane detention. Therefore, as a solution, T.H. will be housed in Bonaire, which was the closest facility to Sint Maarten with sufficient capacity. This is a temporary solution,” the OM statement concludes.

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