Man with loaded gun caught at Amsterdam Airport

August 4, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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A man carrying a loaded firearm was apprehended yesterday on Saturday, the 31st of July, 2010 when he tried boarding a plane. The incident took place at the Amsterdam Airport where the man in question was trying to board a flight to Curacao, an island which lies in the Dutch Caribbean. The man was apprehended at the Amsterdam Airport and then taken for interrogation.

The authorities at the Amsterdam Airport have issued a statement declaring that this man had not intended to carry out any act of terrorism and that he has not had a criminal history either.

The Dutch military police who later on took over charge of the interrogation of the man disclosed that the man had been cleared of any terrorist acts or intentions. The Dutch man is 35 years of age and we are still waiting for further details behind this news at the Amsterdam Airport.

St. Martin: DAVID EUSTACE SHOT DEAD AT ENTRANCE OF CASA BLANCA

October 4, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
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St. Maarten has recorded another murder, this time on the Dutch side of the island in the vicinity of Casa Blanca Adult Entertainment club. David Eustace (41) is the son of Carmen Priest and proprietor of Casa Blanca was shot shortly before 4pm at the entrance of the business place. On the scene was his mother who waited until the undertakers removed the body from the scene.

According to information reaching SMN News, Eustace was shot on the right side of his abdomen with a shot gun. He was shot three times at point blank range from the passenger side of the Chevy bus. The shooting it is alleged seems more like a hit and not any type of robbery. Eustace was driving a bus which had one of his close friends Leroy Richardson (Sweet Leroy) inside the bus when they left Casa Blanca. Police found at least four spent shells belonging to a shot gun on the scene.

This media house has been reliably informed that a green Samurai soft top jeep with either two occupants was in the immedate area of the adult entertainment club. The number plate on the vehicle it is understood was covered with a piece of cloth while the shooters remained unmasked.

SMN News further learnt that the occupants of the jeep stopped Eustace as he was leaving the club. Eustace it is said stopped and the shooter approached the driver side then he walked over to the passenger side of the bus, opened the door and told Sweet Leroy to bend down (duck down) and proceed to shoot Eustace in his abdomen. The vehicle continued moving and ended up in a nearby trench. The businessman died on the spot.

Police is baffled with a number of things which to them does not seem right. One of those things is why Sweet Leroy who was accompanying Eustace to see a lawyer was seated in the back of the bus, while the passenger seat remained vacant. The gunman shot Eustace from the passenger side of the bus.

According to several persons on the scene Sweet Leroy got off the bus when it stopped and began running towards the hills, back to Casa Blanca. It is not clear why the shooters did not interfere or hurt Sweet Leroy an eyewitnesses to the broad daylight murder. Leroy Richardson (Sweet Leroy) was invited to the police station where a statement was taken from him as the main eyewitness.

SMN News learnt that Sweet Leroy was taken to the St. Maarten Medical Center sometime in the evening as he took in ill due to the shock of witnessing his friend’s murder. It is understood that after Richardson received his treatment after which police went with him to an undisclosed location to further question him.

SMN News has learnt that the victim is indebted to a number of persons. SMN News further learnt that Eustace owed at least one businessman over $20,000 while he has monies for other people. The souce said police is trying to figure out if the killing is linked to Eustace’s financial problems.

On September 9 2009, Eustace filed a petition against Carolina Bar with the Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ademar Doran. In his petition he stated that Carolina Bar was operating illegally as a house of prostitution. The petition filed is based on the sex industry policy of 2003. Eustace also included in his petition that the Seamans Club relocated illegally.

Police is busy investigating the killing and the motive of the execution style murder. David Eustace is also known as David Priest in the community of St. Maarten.

In the meantime, this is the third murder for the week, two of the killings took place on the French side of the island.

SMN News also learnt the gendarmes are busy investigating another shooting which took place on Thursday night in Colombier. It is understood that some Haitians had an argument and gun shots were fired. It is not clear if anyone was injured in this incident.

Source: smn-news.com

St. MArtin: Police now investigating several robbery cases

May 12, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
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PHILIPSBURG – Over the weekend of May 8th through May 10th, 5 armed robberies have been reported to the Special Robbery Unit.

The first was on Friday May 8th two men with initials M.X and F.P. both from the island of Dominica and staying on board of a cargo boat presently on the island stated that on that same morning at approximately 12.50 a.m. they were both attacked and robbed of their belongings by two unknown men outside of “Le Petit Chateau” on the Soualiga road.

One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and threatened to use it The victims were punched several times in their face and body by the attackers.

The victim M.X. took off running in the direction of the police station and tried to get away from the attackers but he was caught. Both victims were severely beaten and left behind. Their personal belongings were also taken away from them.

Then on Saturday May 9th the man with initials G.H. filed a reports stating that he was robbed of his wallet. He stated that on that same day at approximately 01.00 a.m. after having some drinks with some friends, he took a taxi to Caines drive in Dutch Quarter.

While walking through Caines drive he was suddenly approached by an unknown man who asked him for a dollar. The victim told the suspect that he had no money. The suspect then pulled out a knife and threatened to use it.

The suspect pulled the victims wallet away from him and took out the money that was in it. He also searched the victims pocket and took his cellphone away from him. The suspect then fled the scene.

On Saturday May 9th the lady with the initials X.P.C. filed an official report stating that on that same evening at approximately 09.30 p.m. after just arriving at her home in the Cole Bay area, with her family,she was attacked by two unknown armed men who were hiding in the dark.

These suspects fired several shots when the victim was attacked. The victim threw her bag over the fence into the neighbors yard to avoid any further confrontation with the suspects.

Both suspects then fled the scene taking the bag of the victim along with them. The bag contained some cash, cellular telephones, a passport I-d card and other personal belongings.

On Sunday May 10th the detectives of the Special Robbery Unit was directed to the parking lot of Border bar in Oyster pond in connection with an armed robbery.

On the scene the detectives spoke to the victims with the initials C.M.M.L. and M.D.F.P, both from Portugal. Both victims stated that they were attacked by two unknown armed men, as they were to enter their rental car.

At least two shots were fired by the suspects before being robbed of their money and other personal belongings. The robbers also too the keys to their car and took off with it.

On Sunday May 10th the lady with initials S.M.Y.K. filed an official report stating that on that same evening at approximately 11.55 p.m. while walking on the Board Walk from Lizzy’s Place to Sea Palace, she was attacked by an unknown man, who struck her with a hard object to the back of her head.

The suspect then took her waist bag (pouch) and ran away with the contents. The bag contain a small amount of cash and other personal belongings.

All of these cases are under investigation by the Special Robbery Unit.

Traffic Report
Over the weekend there were at least 9 reported traffic accidents the were handled by the Police traffic Dept. One of these accidents included a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. Three persons were slightly injured during the accident. These traffic accidents are under investigation by the Police traffic dept.

3 prisoners escape Curacao prison after guards briefly taken hostage

March 18, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao —

Four convicts escaped from the Bon Futuro prison on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, officials said Tuesday.

The four prisoners, ranging in ages from 20 to 24, were serving terms for attempted murder and armed robbery. They apparently escaped Tuesday when two guards were briefly taken hostage by three other prisoners.

The guards were not injured during the melee, according to police spokesman Reginald Huggins, who said the brief hostage-taking was most likely a diversion to help the other men flee the prison’s high-security Block 7, he said.

Residents in the low-income Koraal Specht neighborhood where the prison is located were urged to watch for the men, who are considered dangerous.

The Ownership of the Campo Alegre Brothel in Curacao

February 10, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
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Giovanni van Ierland owned the Campo Alegre Brothel in partnership with his long time attorney, Leslie Franklin.

Van Ierland had the majority interest in the Campo Alegre Brothel and completely owned the Campo Alegre Casino.

Both men were convicted of drug & money laundering crimes in 2002. Attorney Leslie Franklin was sentenced to seven years and van Ierland to twelve.
Franklin was released in 2006 and took over the Campo Alegre Brothel, but not the Casino which was licensed to van Ierland. The Casino was closed.

Leslie Franklin is currently the sole owner of the Campo Alegre Brothel. He is a Free Man in Curacao.

Giovanni van Ierland, released from prison in September 2008, prior to being shot in the head three times on January 27, 2009,
was engaged in a court battle to regain his majority ownership of the Campo Alegre Brothel from Leslie Franklin.

Due to his untimely death, five months after his release from prison, van Ierland’s wife, Raquel and her late husband’s attorney, Marius Römer,
now have to make the decision to continue the court battle to regain the van Ierland share of the Campo Alegre Brothel from Leslie Franklin.

All of this information has been assembled from United States, Curacao & Dutch Government Reports along with Curacaol & International News Reports,
Not idle gossip tossed around at the Brothel.

Video news report of the ‘Assassination of Giovanni van Ierland’ on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 while driving in his BMW in Curacao.
The sedan crashed into a tree & expended 9mm cartridges litter the street at the death scene.
Youtube Video

Controversial Former Owner of Campo-Alegre Murdered in Curacao.

January 27, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
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Fear & Loathing In Curacao: Giovanni van Ierland,
Controversial Former Owner of Campo-Alegre Murdered in Curacao.

WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO – The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) is investigating the murder of Giovanni van Ierland.?The former Campo-Alegre owner was shot dead on the street two weeks ago. In the meantime one 40-year old suspect was arrested. Last week, the Dutch officers took part in a raid of the home of a family member of that suspect. It is not the first time that the NFI has assisted the Public Prosecution’s Office and the police in an investigation in Curacao.

Mr. van Ierland was in the process of regaining ownership of the Campo-Alegre brothel which he lost while in prison to his former partner. With the death of van Ierland his next of kin has to decide whether to continue the reclaiming proceedings or not.

In 2002, van Ierland was sentenced to twelve years for laundering drugs and money through Campo Alegre. A fine of 800,000 guilders (US$468,000) was also paid prior to van Ierland’s release from prison in September, 2008.

During the imprisonment of van Ierland, in 2004, another Campo-Alegre case also came into play. In this case the tampering with work permits for foreign prostitutes for the brothel by van Ierland and Ben Komproe, who was Minister of Justice for Curacao at that time was alleged. Komproe however, died in October, 2004, after a stomach operation, and this second Campo case was never tried in court due to Komproe’s death.

Meanwhile, business goes on as usual, 24-7, at this ‘Unique Piece Of Heaven’ on the tiny island in the South Caribbean Sea off the coast of South America.

Video news report of the ‘Assassination of Giovanni van Ierland’ on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 while driving in his BMW in Curacao.
The sedan crashed into a tree & expended 9mm cartridges litter the street at the death scene.
Youtube Video

Scientology luxury cruise ship remains locked down; Cult put thousands at high cancer risk

More than five weeks after public health authorities on the Caribbean island of Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) impounded the Scientology cult’s 440-foot luxury liner “Freewinds,” the ship remains locked down. Experts advise that decontaminating the ship would cost millions of dollars and may not even be possible. Meanwhile, the cult continues to solicit funds for cruises that will not happen.

After the ship was quarantined on April 26, the Curaçao Drydock Company was contracted to carry out refurbishment and repairs. The contamination was so extensive that the company decided that the risk to its workers was too great, and ceased operations. At that point Scientology sent a team of its “Sea Org” paramilitary force to clean the ship themselves. They are bringing the blue asbestos by the truckload to dump at the island’s landfill site at Malpais. The Sea Org is Scientology’s internal paramilitary force.

Incredibly, top leaders of the Scientology cult were informed of the pervasive contamination back in 1987, but chose to do nothing. Until the 1960s, when the Freewinds was built, blue asbestos was often used in shipbuilding (it was not known at the time to be so carcinogenic). Former Scientologist Lawrence Woodcraft, a licensed architect by profession, supervised interior remodeling work on the ship in 1987 when the cult first purchased it. According to a legal affidavit made after Woodcraft left the cult in 2001, Woodcraft had notified Scientology officials immediately about the widespread blue asbestos and the dangers it posed. The response he received was that he should carry on with the work, and leave the asbestos where it was. Since Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had never mentioned that asbestos was dangerous, they were not going to worry about it. Scientologists believe that disease is caused not by microbes or toxic substances, but by the presence of “suppressive persons” (SPs), or people who disagree with Scientology and its goals. Moreover, Scientologists believe that high-level Sea Org members cannot get cancer or any other disease.

Meanwhile, Scientology continues to promote cruises on the Freewinds, receiving large cash advances from Scientologist prospective passengers, who have been informed only that the ship is going through an ordinary refurbishment. Already, the cult has missed several planned sailing dates, but it continues to seek funds for voyages in the near future. According to Radar Online, the cult has scheduled conventions starting in July and running through November.

On May 1, the cult’s spokesperson lied to Radar Online with the following “spin”:

“The next cruise is scheduled for Thursday, May 8. Inspections done on April 15, 2008 and April 28, 2008 again confirmed that the air quality is safe, in accordance with the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Clean Air Act.” None of this, of course, was true.

The cult’s promotional materials give further information about Scientology’s advance-booking scheme:

“The new conventions calendar aboard the brand new Freewinds is out and we are looking forward to seeing you aboard! Look over the different conventions and let me know which convention(s) you plan to attend.”

Yet all the extremely hazardous “cleaning” of the blue asbestos may be in vain. According to officials in the Netherlands’ Ministry of Environment, which dealt with an asbestos-laden ship in 2006 that was eventually demolished, the cost to make Freewinds safe for passengers, if it is even possible, may run into many millions of Euros/dollars, probably more than the ship itself is worth.

The ship is used by Scientology for advanced training in “Operating Thetan” levels, for members who have paid fees of between USD$100,000 and $400,000, as well as for tax-deductible Caribbean cruises for its members and their families. Curaçao has been the ship’s homeport since it was purchased by Scientology, as it is not permitted to dock in any US port.

Many Scientologist celebrities have spent time aboard the Freewinds, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Chick Corea, Lisa Marie Presley, Catherine Bell, Kate Ceberano, and Juliette Lewis. “Now” magazine reported that Tom Cruise has been urged to seek medical attention regarding potential asbestos exposure, however a representative for Cruise stated he has “absolutely no knowledge” of the recent asbestos controversy. Cruise, Holmes, Travolta and Preston have celebrated birthdays and other events on the Freewinds. Scientology has official “religion” status in the USA, which means that it is exempt from paying taxes, and that its members can declare any Scientology-related expense as tax-deductible.

Raw blue asbestos is the most hazardous form of asbestos, and has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1970. Blue asbestos fibers are very narrow and thus easily inhaled, and are a major cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which can develop in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, the lining of the abdominal cavity, or the pericardium sac surrounding the heart. The cancer is incurable, and can manifest over 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.

“This is the most dangerous type of asbestos because the fibres are smaller than the white asbestos and can penetrate the lung more easily,” said toxicologist Dr. Chris Coggins in a statement published in “OK! Magazine.” Dr. Coggins went on to note that “Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, the victim has six months to a year to live. It gradually reduces lung function until the victim is no longer able to breathe and dies.”

The Scientology cult was founded in 1950 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Its primary goal is to “clear the planet” by “obliterating psychiatry.” Scientology’s many front groups include the Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Criminon, Narconon, and Applied Scholastics. Scientology claims to be the “world’s fastest growing religion,” with some 8 million members, but mainstream demographic surveys have shown that the number of members is closer to 55,000 worldwide, and declining. Scientology is currently under investigation in several countries for a variety of human rights abuses, including child abuse, violation of child labor laws, kidnapping and running secret internal prison camps, as well as for a number of financial crimes.

Source www.indybay.org
by Dr. Lilly von Marcab

Woman held with ganga

November 15, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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38-year-old Irone Briggs of Berwick Road in Kingston 13 was arrested on Tuesday at the Norman Manley International Airport as she tried to leave the island with compressed ganja.

Allegations are that Miss Briggs was about to board a flight to Curacao.

During a routine security check, she was allegedly found with less than one kilogram of ganja.

She was charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export the drug.

Miss Briggs is booked to appear in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Source: Radio Jamaica

Prison administrator released from custody

October 28, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Female Pointe Blanche prison administrator E.E.R., who had been arrested on suspicion of having stolen money that belonged to inmates, was released on Thursday.

She had been in detention for a month following an investigation into the disappearance of almost NAF 200,000.

E.E.R.’s lawyer Remco Stomp told The Daily Herald on Friday that the Judge of Instruction had not seen any grounds to hold the woman in custody any longer, nor had he deemed it necessary to have her transferred to Curacao.

The woman had been detained in the police station for a month, during which period she could not take care of her two minor children.

Prosecutor Dikran Sarian had said last week that the woman would remain in the police cells until the end of the investigation, which he said should be wrapped up within a week. But according to the woman’s lawyer, no further investigation in her case had taken place.

According to Stomp, his client is not the main suspect in this case. “The one who has the final responsibility in this case is still on the loose,” Stomp said.

However, he added that his client’s release did not mean she was off the hook. She still will have to appear before a judge to stand trial. No court date has been set as yet.

Source: The Daily Herald St. Maarten

Detained prison administrator Not being sent to Curacao

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office has decided it will not be necessary to send E.E.R., the female Pointe Blanche prison administrator from Aruba detained on allegations of fraud, to Bon Futuro prison in Curacao.

Prosecutor Dikran Sarian also said that although the suspect’s attorney had requested that she be transferred to the Pointe Blanche prison from the police station, she probably would remain in the police cells until the end of the investigation, which he said should be wrapped up within a week.

The Prosecutor’s Office had initially opted not to keep E.E.R. detained at the Pointe Blanche prison during pre-trial detention because some of the money she is suspected of stealing belonged to inmates.

Chief Prosecutor Taco Stein had told The Daily Herald on Thursday, “You can imagine what might happen if the inmates learn that there is someone locked up amongst them who is suspected of stealing their money.”

E.E.R. was detained following an investigation into the disappearance of almost NAf. 200,000.

Source: The Daily Herald St. Maarten

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