Dui­ker and Va­seur still li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

“The for­mer ac­ting di­rec­tor at the Ener­gy Com­pa­ny Su­ri­na­me (EBS), Wil­ly Dui­ker, and for­mer di­rec­tor Ken­neth Va­seur ha­ve been li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty for over a year,” de­fen­se at­tor­neys Ra­oul Lo­bo and Mur­win Du­bois told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me.

Du­bois poin­ted out that Va­seur was ar­re­sted in Sep­tem­ber 2015. The ju­di­ci­al pre­li­mi­na­ry in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on was con­clu­ded in Ju­ly 2016 and his client re­cei­ved a no­ti­ce re­gar­ding fur­ther pro­se­cu­ti­on in Au­gust. Of­fi­ci­als ha­ve been hand­ling the ca­se for over a year. No clear steps we­re ta­ken af­ter the mes­sa­ge from the pro­se­cu­ti­on. Du­bois al­so poin­ted out that the de­fen­se has ma­de it clear that the­re we­re facts and cir­cum­stan­ces that did not ma­ke it ne­ces­sa­ry to keep Va­seur in jail any lon­ger which is why the exa­mi­ning ma­gi­stra­te or­de­red his re­lea­se. He had not ex­pec­ted the mes­sa­ge from the Pu­blic Pro­se­cu­tor’s Of­fi­ce. But Va­seur still has not been sum­mo­ned to court. Lo­bo poin­ted out that the­re is no ca­se against Dui­ker. He ex­plai­ned that the pro­se­cu­ti­on does not know what to do. He thinks that the Pu­blic Pro­se­cu­tor’s Of­fi­ce is still con­tem­pla­ting its next mo­ve. He poin­ted out that the pro­se­cu­ti­on most li­ke­ly thinks that it will lo­se the ca­se. He the­re­fo­re be­lie­ves that drop­ping the ca­se is the on­ly op­ti­on left.

Va­seur and Dui­ker de­ny any in­vol­ve­ment in the mis­hand­ling of funds at the EBS. Lo­bo poin­ted out that the­re is in fact no­thing wrong at the EBS and that things we­re blown out of pro­por­ti­on to let pe­o­p­le be­lie­ve that a lar­ge sca­le in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on is being con­duc­ted.

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