DH | Investigation opened into alleged police misuse of confiscated cars

Sint Maarten Police station KPSM | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Justice officials have launched an investigation into police misuse of confiscated vehicles, announced Justice Minister Anna Richardson during the live virtual Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday.

Richardson’s announcement comes after a local news website last weekend published a series of articles accusing police officers and their relatives of illegally joyriding, renting and selling cars that were confiscated as part of ongoing investigations.

“I am of the position that such accusations cannot be taken lightly as it poses far-reaching damage that affects not only the police department and the Ministry of Justice, but St. Maarten on an international level. As such, a proper and thorough investigation must be executed. Due to the fact that this matter has been made public, I will do all within my ability to maintain transparency,” said Richardson.

Although characterising the allegations as “irresponsible, amateur and defaming”, the St. Maarten Police Force KPSM on Monday called on the Prosecutor’s Office to open an official investigation into the matter.

Police accused the news website of writing the articles to “satisfy a personal vendetta and to create a distraction at a time when the police actively has a team searching for stolen vehicles on the island and have so far recovered more than 60 stolen vehicles.”

Bron: Daily Herald

2 Reacties op “DH | Investigation opened into alleged police misuse of confiscated cars

  1. jolanda ter beek

    My vehicle was confiscated and I was told that its stolen based there is no motornr visible but I have a Bill of sale insurance etc ??Does that mean its stolen and how do I know that if no explanation or proof of confiscation was explained or giving to me?????
    Do I have any rights?? what if only the motor was stolen or what if this came from somewhere else or bought seperate what if ???????How can you know its stolen and who this vehicle really belonged to ???????

  2. Why doesn’t this surprise anybody?

Geef een reactie

Het e-mailadres wordt niet gepubliceerd. Vereiste velden zijn gemarkeerd met *