4 suspects released from military police custody
Four soldiers who are considered suspects in the theft of food parcels of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing have been released from military police custody. MP Major Anand Debisaroen confirmed the reports and pointed out that the 3 civilians have also been released from police custody pending the investigation. The two main suspects who are soldiers are still in jail. One of the main suspects had been assigned to assist the Ministry of Social Affairs while the other main suspect helped him to transport and sell the food parcels. The purpose of the ministry’s food parcel program is to give food parcels to the needy and people with a disability free of charge. But the suspects allegedly stole and sold the food parcels. Debisaroen pointed out that investigators only uncovered irregularities in Paramaribo. The distribution of food parcels in the other districts went smoothly. Last month the police and the MP found out that about 100 food parcels had been stolen in Paramaribo. Reports indicate that the Military Police had received information which suggested that the food parcels were being sold at a house located along the Abenistraat in Paramaribo. The police and the MP then raided the place and arrested 5 soldiers and 2 citizens during the raid.