Attorney-Generals of the Kingdom meet in Curaçao

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CURAÇAO – The Attorney-General of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands Guus Schram attended the Kingdom consultation of all Attorney-Generals (KPG-overleg) on Wednesday, May 18, in Curaçao.

Twice a year, the Attorney-General of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands, the

Attorney General of Aruba, and the chair of the board of Attorney-Generals in the

Netherlands, meet for consultations.

Not only do they prepare for the Judicial FourParty Consultation (this year to be held on June 1 in The Netherlands), but they also discuss other topics of interest. These often relate to the coordination of investigation and prosecution, and mutual cooperation.

The KPG consultation therefore seeks the Public Prosecutor services of the different countries to benefit from the fact that they operate within the same Dutch Kingdom. During this consultation the strengthening of the border controls, control of airports and seaports, and the exchange of passenger information were discussed.

In addition, the Attorney-Generals discussed a joint approach to cross-border crime and the multi-annual perspective of the Public Prosecutor’s Service in the Caribbean concerning the fight against crime.

Prior to the KPG consultation, a meeting took place on the progress of the plans of improvement of the National Detectives Departments of Curaçao and St. Maarten. Among others, the heads of the National Detectives Departments of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba, the Director of the Dutch National Detectives Agency (Rijksrecherche) and the Chief Prosecutors of Curaçao and St. Maarten were present.

During this meeting, it was clear that progress has been made in the past two years in developing a complete and high quality National Detectives Department, but also that there is still room for improvement.

Attendees exchanged views on how this improvement can be achieved and which mutual support and cooperation can contribute to this.