PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Minister of Justice, Mr. Cornelius de Weever informs that a preliminary inquiry has taken place in how the passport of Mr. Heyliger could have been reported ‘stolen’ with the Unites States Consulate in Curacao, while this passport was in the hands of its bearer at the time.
Internal inquiries have shown that no official report has been received by KPSM or the Census Office regarding the passport belonging to Mr. Heyliger as being stolen or missing. Moreover, the passport has not been reported missing or stolen with the Interpol bureau’s in Sint Maarten, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Washington nor the head offices in Lyon, France.
The integrity of both KPSM and Interpol have to be protected.
To ensure that no undue influence by any local judicial entity has taken place, the Minister of Justice has contacted the Attorney General to engage the National Detectives to conduct an independent investigation.
The Minister of Justice considers this matter very concerning and intends to gain clarity as to how and by whom this passport was reported ‘stolen’ to avoid this from happening to any other citizen of St. Maarten.