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Gumbs again denied access

WILLEMSTAD--The head of the Intelligence Service in Curaçao (former VNA of the Netherlands Antilles) Edsel Gumbs was denied access to the office when he returned to work again after the civil servant judge had suspended the decision from Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to bar Gumbs and place him on active duty.

Gumbs' lawyer Melrose Bloem could not be reached for comment, so whether he will institute summary proceedings against this decision is unknown, as is whether this time a so-called Committee of Supervision was heard regarding the suspension of Gumbs.

That Gumbs was barred from the buildings of the intelligence service twice now has prompted opposition party PAR to raise the alarm once again.

Parliament faction member Glenn Sulvaran said that all three pillars of government (the legislature, the executive branch and the administration of justice) are now threatened. He referred to "the dictatorial manner of the MFK/PS/MAN coalition in Parliament, where the opposition is consciously excluded and muzzled."

There is also a disproportionate division in the composition of the various committees, while opposition leaders are either ordered to sit down or not given the opportunity to ask questions or to submit proposals.

Things are going wrong within the Schotte cabinet as well, according to Sulvaran. "The prime minister tells lies and consciously violates the law. He is also lying about the presence of contracts for oil drilling in our territorial waters. This is against values such as good governance and transparency," said Sulvaran.

That government apparently also disregarded a judgment from the court and denied Gumbs access again proves it does not respect the administration of justice. "I cannot imagine someone disregarding a judgment from the court," Sulvaran said.

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