First session criminal trial against Tromp on July 25



CURAÇAO / Sint Maarten — The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) Curaçao has summoned mr. Emsley Tromp on tax fraud.

The first session on July 25, will be a court case where the defense can submit investigation requests. The judge will take a final decision on this. When the final court case (inhoudelijke behandeling) will take place depends on possible further investigation.

The Saffier investigation started in 2016 at the Anti-Corruption Team (TBO) as part of the RST and in response to persistent media reports about potential financial malpractice committed by suspect. In this investigation, a number of searches were conducted, including at the Central Bank on Curaçao and at the suspect’s home. Witnesses have also been heard and documents were received from abroad.

The investigation led, among other things, to the suspicion that mr. Tromp did not deliberately pay all income received for his retirement benefit to the tax authorities over the period 2006 to 2014. The disadvantage for the country of Curaçao is estimated at about 5.5 million guilders.

This part of the investigation was finalized this spring and led to the summons for July 25. The investigation into the remaining facts is still ongoing. The prosecution’s decision will be taken later.