The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba have promised to introduce a revised Criminal Codes before the new constitutional structure. The introduction of a new criminal code is one thing, its implementation in practical use is quite another. Also the use of a revised criminal code without preferential treatment and cronyism is a third.
ORANJESTAD – The Neth.Antilles and Aruba have promised to introduce the revised Criminal Codes before the new constitutional structure in the Kingdom. That appears from the list of decisions taken during the tripartite deliberation between the ministers of Justice of the Netherlands, Antilles, and Aruba last Monday.
The committee that was established especially for this has already submitted the concept of the Aruban Criminal Code last year. But the process was after that idle due to shortage of government legislation jurists that gave preference to other subjects like the National budget. The government has now promised to give the minister council the concept before September 1, so they can forward it to the Advisory Council.
Aruba and the Antilles have also promised to change the Code of Criminal Procedure regarding the special investigation methods. Justice is currently using these investigation methods without legal basis, as it turned our recently in the Domino case. The president of the Bar expressed a negative opinion on this. Also the OM indicated that they are not happy with the procedure, but have no other option to get heavy criminals behind bars.
The minister agreed that the Antilles and Aruba will give preferential treatment to a legal arrangement for the appeal of imposed fines in tax cases.