Duiker and Vaseur still living in uncertainty
“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.