SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced in a brief statement that on Tuesday morning, two suspects, namely, C.T.E. and M.A.R., were arrested by the National Detectives of Sint Maarten and the investigation has been code named "Begonia."
One of the suspects is a Member of Parliament and a former Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI). The other suspect was a former Chief of the Cabinet Ministry VROMI during the same governing period.
The OM adds that after a lengthy investigation, the two were arrested on suspicion of abuse of function and forgery or complicity in such acts, during their tenure at Ministry VROMI.
The OM says that the suspects are accused of unlawfully leasing Government long-lease land to acquaintances at the end of their tenure in 2017, and as a result other applicants were disadvantaged.