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‘Integrity breach’ at Intelligence Service

WILLEMSTAD--Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte (MFK) blames the Intelligence Service Curaçao VDC for the fact that sensitive personal information from ministers of his cabinet was made public.

It regards findings from the investigation by VDC within the framework of the screening of the current ministers. Schotte is of the opinion that a thorough investigation at VDC is necessary.

Apparent findings from the screening are circulating in the media. In a press release Schotte concludes that the local press has learned of the findings from the VDC.

"This is a very serious breach of the integrity of the Intelligence Service," said Schotte. According to the prime minister, this breach leads to "an extreme violation of the privacy of the persons in question."

"The disclosures mean that the Intelligence Service has seriously failed in its secrecy obligation. The findings demonstrate once again that an in-depth investigation into the functioning of the Intelligence Service is necessary."

On the screening itself, Schotte said this will be completed soon. He explained that the process consists of several steps and occurs in conformity with the procedure regulated by Antillean Ordinance of February 10, 2010.

The latter precisely describes what the screening of (candidate) ministers encompasses. It regards a security check by the Attorney General and filling in a questionnaire with possible other business interests data.

However, at the insistence of Governor Frits Goedgedrag, a factual investigation was added to the process. This is an investigation into data that the Intelligence Service has in its files regarding the persons in question.

In conformity with the procedure, the Prime Minister will discuss the findings of the Intelligence Service -in combination with the security check and the statements on business interests- with the persons in question. It's possible that supplementary steps are taken to guarantee the integrity of the administrator, or the Prime Minister could decide that the person in question is not suitable to be minister.

Schotte indicated he would inform the Governor of his conclusions on Friday, December 3, 2010 at the latest.

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