Court can force OM to prosecute Steven Martina

WILLEMSTAD - There is a chance that the Common Court of Justice will decide to force the Public Prosecution Service (OM) to prosecute former Minister Steven Martina.

The OM decided earlier not to prosecute Martina, but found that a criminal offense had been committed. According to the OM, Martina participated in the Council of Ministers in decision-making on a draft national ordinance that would change the rate of compulsory third-party insurance. Because Martina also owned shares in insurance company Guardian at the time, he had a business interest in the decision to be made and that is punishable.

The OM considered that the debate on the implementation of integrity standards should be conducted in parliament, in the Council of Ministers and by political office holders.

The complaint filed by Korsou di Nos Tur against the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to dismiss Martina's case is considered by the Court on two points. It looks at whether the fact is potentially provable and whether it is appropriate to prosecute.

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