Food par­cels thefts: Sixth sol­dier ar­re­sted

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Mi­li­ta­ry Po­li­ce (MP) re­cent­ly re­por­ted that ano­ther sol­dier has been ar­re­sted in con­nec­ti­on to the thefts of food par­cels from the Mi­ni­stry of So­ci­al Af­fairs and Hou­sing (So­za­vo). Ma­jor Anand De­bis­a­roen from the MP con­fir­med the ar­rest of one mo­re sol­dier. He poin­ted out that six sol­diers and 2 ci­ti­zens are now in jail. The sixth sol­dier had been as­sig­ned to help out at the Mi­ni­stry of So­ci­al Af­fairs. He had been tas­ked with hel­ping to coo­r­di­na­te the dis­tri­bu­ti­on of the food par­cels in all of the na­ti­on’s dis­tricts. De­bis­a­roen poin­ted out that the MP has laun­ched a lar­ge-sca­le in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in or­der to find out how ma­ny food par­cels we­re sto­len. In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cent­ly re­co­ver­ed about 100 food par­cels du­ring a po­li­ce raid in Paramaribo. De­bis­a­roen poin­ted out that the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on could be con­clu­ded within one or two weeks. In­ves­ti­ga­tors star­ted loo­king in­to this mat­ter af­ter the Mi­li­ta­ry Po­li­ce had re­cei­ved a tip that food par­cels that we­re in­ten­ded for the less for­tu­na­te we­re being sold at a hou­se lo­ca­ted along the Abe­ni­straat in Paramaribo. The MP and the po­li­ce then rai­ded the hou­se and ar­re­sted 7 sus­pects. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that the sus­pects sold each food par­cel for SRD 70. Each food par­cel re­por­ted­ly con­tai­ned toi­let pa­per, chic­ken leg quar­ters, toot­h­pas­te, oni­ons, gar­lic, soap and coo­king oil. Most of the food pro­ducts had been sto­red in a stor­a­ge room. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that the sus­pects used two trucks to trans­port the sto­len food par­cels.

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