WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Civil Servants, persons or legal entities, who refuse to cooperate with requests or inquiries from Ombudsman Institute of Curacao are liable to criminal prosecution and can be penalized with a hefty fine. This is stated in the draft ordinance amending the Ordinance Ombudsman, which was submitted to parliament by the Ombudsman on October 30 of this year.
The draft ordinance amending the Ordinance Ombudsman includes, among other things, the introduction of a system of sanctions for those who do not cooperate with the Ombudsman.
The legislative adaptation focuses more on officials who do not provide information to the Ombudsman Institute. These officials are, in accordance with the bill that is now before parliament, guilty of dereliction of duty. Even those who as a witness, experts or as an interpreter refuse to cooperate with the Ombudsman Institute can be punished by a fine. This also applies to entities that failed to cooperate in investigations of the Ombudsman. (Curacao Chronicle)