WILLEMSTAD-SINT MAARTEN – The Curacao Public Prosecutors Office (CPPO) has not released much information in connection with the Tuesday arrest of Robbie dos Santos (56) by the National Detective Team (RST). The lottery businessman is expected to initially be held for two days with a possible extension later this week by another eight days.
The arrest was made in the on-going investigation of the May 5th, 2013 murder of Helmin Wiels. The only information from the CPPO is confirming the detention of Robbie dos Santos.
According to reports, two locations were searched, a property in Brakkeput and his business headquarters in Dominguito. There are also unconfirmed reports that his the home at Jan So fat was searched by investigators. The role and link in the murder of the Curacao Member of Parliament has not been disclosed as yet.
Santos was arrested and questioned in April 2012 in a case referred to as Bientu related to money laundering, tax evasion etc. During that time his home and businesses were searched by detectives. Apparently, according to reports, his U.S. bank accounts remain frozen.
LIVE COURT PROCEEDINGS IN HELMIN WIELS MURDER INVESTIGATION
Press Officer Mauritsz de Kort stated in a press release that the court proceedings into the murder of Curacao parliamentarian Helmin Wiels will be carried live via radio, television and online. More information will be revealed during a press conference on Friday, August 1st.
The court case will run from August 4 to 8.
Due to security concerns, the public will not be allowed in the Stadhuis where the court proceedings will take place. Only the family members of Wiels and of the suspects, court staff and lawyers will be allowed in the Stadhuis. Additional security measures will be in place outside the court house including street closures for motorized traffic.
ARCHIVE - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - WILLEMSTAD-SINT MAARTEN – Early Tuesday morning just after 6.30am detectives investigating the murder of Curacao Member of Parliament Helmin Wiels arrested and detained Lottery owner and operator Robby dos Santos, owner of Robbies Lottery which also has operations on the island of Sint Maarten and Saba, according to information coming out of Curacao.
This is the third high profile person who has been detained and questioned in connection with the assassination of the Curacao parliamentarian. The two other persons are two former Ministers namely Carlos Mon and George Jamaloodin.
Helmin Wiels was gunned down in May 2013 next to a beach in Curacao.