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The possibility of a constitutional crisis
has begun to drift slowly into sight in
Curacao as one possible outcome of Sun-
day s assassination of a leading politician,
Wiels was gunned down by two attackers
near a popular beach here, beer in hand and
without the now-routine presence of his
Only last week, Wiels, who hosted a con-
troversial radio talk programme, was threat-
ening to expose alleged "mafia" links among
powerful local business interests. He himself
had been the subject of threats of violence.
His Pueblo Soberino (roughly translated
as "Sovereign People") PS party holds a
decisive five of the island s 21 seats as part
of a ruling three-party coalition of 11 seats
led by Prime Minister Daniel Hodge and
supported by a renegade member of the
Party for the Reconstructed Antilles (PAR)
which won four seats in the October 19,
2012 election. It was the island s first election
as a semi-autonomous nation within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands and followed
the collapse of a previous administration.
Wiels death now leaves the ruling coali-
tion with a minority of ten seats and the
Prime Minister calling for calm as this idyllic
444-square-kilometre island, which has a
population of under 150,000, came to terms
with its first-ever political assassination
and the prospect of a return to the political
bargaining of last October.
In the capital, Willemstad, life appeared
to return to normal, though the morning
talk television schedule time and again veered
away from its usual benign fare. The
tourism-minded Amigoe newspaper---one
of three dailies---did not mention the murder
and hotel staff appeared deliberate in evading
The event occurred just as Caribbean
journalists from 17 countries gathered to
discuss safety issues as the main theme of
World Press Freedom Day regional activities,
hosted by the United Nations Educational
Scientific and Educational Organisation
(Unesco), in collaboration with the Curacao
Media Organisation (CMO) and Association
of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM).
Some delegates raced to the scene of the
crime, several kilometres from the capital,
and witnessed the removal of Wiels body
and the ensuing sympathetic applause from
a large crowd. The popular independence-
minded politician was shot five times at
close range by two men who fled in a waiting
For now, the mourning has preceded polit-
ical speculation but memories of the recent
constitutional impasse loom large without
the authoritative voice of one of the island s
most popular politicians.
Two men were murdered in separate shoot-
ings in St Ann s and Arouca between Sunday
night and yesterday morning.
Police said Timothy Clarke, 30, and his com-
mon-law wife, Crystal Gay, 27, were attacked by
a gunman as they slept at their home at Upper
Ariapita Road, St Ann s, yesterday.
Police said around 1 am a gunman got into
the couple s home through an open window and
went into their bedroom, stood over their bed
and fired several shots.
Clarke was shot several times while Gay was
shot once in the leg.
The gunman ran out of the house to a waiting
car, police said. Clarke tried to chase them but
collapsed near his front door.
Belmont Police arrived soon after and took
the couple to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Clarke was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Gay had emergency surgery and was warded in
stable condition up to late yesterday.
Clarke s murder has been classified as gang-
Less than four hours before Clarke was killed,
a 50-year-old man was shot dead near his home
Investigators said shortly after 9 pm residents
of Spring Road, Five Rivers, Arouca, reported
Police were contacted and when they arrived
they found Errol Stoute lying in a drain.
Stoute had been shot several times in the
abdomen and legs. He was pronounced dead at
the scene by district medical officer (DMO) Dr
Stoute s murder was the third in the community
in less than two weeks.
Their murders carried the toll for the year to
127. Statistics from the Police Services Crime
and Problem Analysis Branch (CAPA) showed
124 murders recorded between January and April
Supt Baldeo Nanan and detectives of the Region
Two Homicide Bureau are probing the Arouca
Senior police sources said since the spate of
murders, police patrols have been increased in
Curacao faces crisis with
its first political killing
St Ann's, Arouca
On April 28, Anthony Scanterbury, 34, also of
Spring Road, Arouca, was shot dead in front of
his house by two gunmen.
A day later, 40-year-old father of three Michael
Boucher was similarly shot dead outside his
Homicide detectives said that all three men
had criminal records and they knew one another.
Investigators believe their murders are linked and
were a result of an ongoing turf war among rival
gangs in the area.
The prosecution closed its case yester-
day against six police officers accused of
killing three residents of Moruga.
Special prosecutor Senior Counsel Gilbert
Peterson, who is being led by Director of
Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, closed
the case after three statements were tendered
The matter lasted seven months, with 40
witnesses being called to testify.
It is being heard by Senior Magistrate
Debra Quintyne in the Princes Town Mag-
Attorney Elieen Greene is also part of the
prosecution s team.
The statements put into evidence at yes-
terday s proceedings were from acting
Deputy Police Commissioner Raymond
Craig, Sgt Michael Veronique and scientific
officer Derrick Sankar.
The accused officers---Sgt Khemraj
Sahadeo and PCs Renaldo Reviero, Glenn
Singh, Roger Nicholas, Safraz Juman and
Antonio Ramadin---are charged with the
murders of Abigail Johnson, Alana Duncan
and Kerron "Fingers" Eccles.
The three were killed during an alleged
confrontation with six police officers at
Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore, on July
Defence attorney Ulric Skerritt, who, with
Israel Khan, SC, instructed by Celeste St
Louis, appears for the officers, objected to
two aspects of Craig s statements on the
basis of hearsay.
However, Quintyne overruled the objec-
tions and allowed the statement, along with
11 exhibits, to be tendered.
In a surprise twist, Khan said he did not
want to cross-examine any other witnesses
and also closed the case for the defence.
However, Khan signalled his intention to
put forward a no-case submission. He was
given until May 27 to file written submis-
The State will respond by June 3 and the
matter will resume on June 6.
The preliminary inquiry began on Novem-
ber 6, 2012.
State closes case against six cops
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