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16 Aug 2023 09:24 PM

Mp Akeem Arrindell Calls For TransparencyAnd Accountability In Justice Department

PHILIPSBURG Sint Maarten — In response to mounting concerns about the state of the justice workforce, particularly within the Customs Department, Member of Parliament, the Honorable Akeem Arrindell, has taken proactive steps to address the issues affecting this crucial sector. Recognizing the significance of a well-functioning justice system, Arrindell has written a letter to the Honorable Anna Richardson, Minister of Justice, requesting comprehensive clarifications on pressing matters.

According to MP Arrindell, Over the past 2 to 3 years, the Customs Department has faced a significant staff shortage, with approximately 20 officers leaving their positions Read more

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15 Apr 2023 06:18 PM

Police Unions Reaction Regarding The Ongoing Matter Of The Police Workers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Friday, April 14, 2023, the entire Council of Ministers of the Government of Sint Maarten, including the Honorable Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and the Prime Minister, Honorable Ms. Jacobs, held a meeting with the board members of the NAPB assisted by their legal advisor Cor Merx.

The gettering took place in the Governments Building under the excellent- chairmanship of the Honorable Prime Minster Jacobs.

The meeting was called into existence to find solutions for the current situation the police workers are facing.

The topics that were covered include amongst other things:

Placement letters Backlog payments Overtime Salary scaling according the index of 16.3% and 3.2%

After a successful 2.5 hours long conversation, both parties left the table with a feeling of optimism.

The discussion went very fruitfully respecting each others point of view and sometimes very detailed.

The issues that were in the media for the last two weeks have been solved in good faith and trust.

Most importantly, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for the police workers, as both parties have expressed their intent to work together and bring this matter to an end.

Although there was not a final solution on that Friday the Council of Ministers -via Minister of Justice Honorable Ms Read more

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06 Jan 2023 09:02 PM

Grisha To Min Justice: Respect ParliamentS Role And Take Your Responsibility

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Thursday, MP Grisha Heyliger Marten urged Minister of Justice Anna Richardson to desist from trying to downplay the importance of Parliament and from speaking in condescending tone and owning up to her administration’s failures to carry out tasks as promised.

The MP was responding to Richardson’s comments that people are playing with the feelings of justice workers in relation to their legal status and compensation, which she made during Wednesday’s LIVE Press Briefing Read more

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27 Oct 2022 10:02 PM

St. Maarten Drunk Driver Saga Part 1

On Saturday the 15th of October I was on my way to cheer for the St. Maarten ladies volleyball team in the ECVA competition. Unfortunately, I never made it to the game as I was struck by what would later turn out to be a drunk driver. Without diving into too much details, the police were on the scene quite promptly and all required information was taken from both parties. During the interaction with the Police the intoxicated driver was not allowed to operate his vehicle any further. This was reassuring to me as I was under the impression that once intoxicated, i.e Read more

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27 Jun 2022 01:01 AM

Wilson Says Prime Minister Jacobs Must Be Held Accountable For Her Illegal Actions.

Urges Parliament & the Integrity Chamber to hold them accountable

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Sunday June 26, 2022, Gromyko Wilson made use of his Social Media platform to denounce the illegal and discriminatory actions taken by Prime Minister (PM) Silveria Jacobs on June 15, 2022, when the PM, Minister Ardwell Irion, Minister Anna Richardson and Minister Rudolph Samuel went against the ordinance passed in Parliament (and ratified by the Constitutional court) containing temporary covid-19 measures for civil servants and the likes (Tijdelijke Landsverordening Covid-19 bezuinigingen arbeidsvoorwaarden overheidsdienaren).

This ordinance specifically regulates the percentage of vacation allowance civil servants were entitled to receive between July 2019 and July 2021 Read more

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18 Mar 2022 06:54 AM

Minister Of Justice And Minister Of Vromi Discuss Inmate Work Program

Philipsburg On March 14th, 2022, the Minister of Justice, Ms. Anna E. Richardson and the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (hereafter VROMI), Mr. Egbert Doran held a meeting to discuss ways in which both ministries can collaborate and coordinate working opportunities for inmates at the Point Blanche prison and House of Detention. Also present during the meeting were the Act Secretary General and Head of New Projects, Mr. Kurt Ruan, Act Head of Infrastructure Management, Mr Read more

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08 Mar 2022 09:52 AM

Justice Facility Demolition Commences With Symbolic Ceremony

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) The Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Egbert Doran, accompanied by the Minister of Justice Hon. Anna Richardson, hosted a symbolic demolition ceremony on March 2, 2022, to inaugurate the demolition of the designated justice building, which was tendered in the second quarter of 2021.

The former Soremar Building in Cole Bay sustained severe damage post Hurricane Irma in 2017, particularly dilapidating the roof structure, adding to previous deterioration sustained over time.

The demolition of the building is scheduled to conclude by the end of April 2022, allowing for subsequent construction of a designated Justice facility.

All recyclable material garnered from the demolition will be reused by the Ministry of Justice and VROMI to upgrade other existing facilities.

Safety and traffic signs will be erected to guide and warn commuters of the potential construction implications during the execution of the project.

The Ministry of VROMI urges the general public to observe any general safety measures when in the vicinity of the project during the demolition phase and exercise all necessary precautions including but not limited to commuting or parking.

The contractor involved in the demolition are Caribbean General Contractors (CGC).


PHOTO CUTLINE: Minister of VROMI Hon Read more

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28 Feb 2022 09:40 AM

18 New Police Officers Sworn In By Justice Minister

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Eighteen enthusiastic new police officers of the Class of 2019 took their oath in front of Minister of Justice Anna Richardson at a ceremony held on Friday in front of the Walter R. Kramers Building (Philipsburg Police Station). They received their diplomas from Mr. De Boer and R. Appelhof of the Netherlands Police Academy, and had their epaulettes changed from that of a cadet to officer by family members.

Governor Eugene Holiday, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Richardson, new Chief Prosecutor Hieke Buist addressed the graduates and wished them all the best on their chosen path Read more

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17 Dec 2021 10:13 AM

New Chief Prosecutor Appointed For Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Prosecutor Hieke Buist has been appointed as Sint Maartens new Chief Prosecutor as of January 1, 2022. The Kingdom Council of Ministers formalized her appointment in its meeting of Thursday, 13 December 2021.

Buist was appointed on the recommendation of Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus and St. Maarten Minister of Justice Anna Richardson.

Buist will succeed current Chief Prosecutor Mirjam Mol who has completed her three-year term as chief prosecutor Read more

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02 Dec 2021 01:34 PM

Minister Of Justice Reacts To Court Ruling In Connection With Kpsm Class Of 2011

Minister of Justice Anna Richardson

PHILPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Minister of Justice has taken note of the court decisions rendered yesterday in favor of Police officers, seeking to obtain correction of a National Decree issued earlier this year, under a penalty to be granted by the court.

Even though this decision is not rendered against the Minister of Justice, the underlying matter is of great importance to the Ministry, as the long overdue rectification of the position of this particular class of 2011, following an agreement signed with the former Minister of Justice, is addressed.

In this particular case the Ministry of Justice, upon receipt of the request for the correction to the National decrees to be made, which were found to have merit, sought to utilize the opportunity to include in the correction the position of these Police officers beyond the date mentioned in the agreement on which the requested correction was based Read more

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25 Nov 2021 03:17 AM

Mp Buncamper Fires Off Questions To Minister Of Justice.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Independent Member of Parliament, Claudius Buncamper on Wednesday fired off a number of questions to Justice Minister Anna Richardson, who was in parliament to give her ministrys views on the country packages Read more

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31 Oct 2021 06:59 AM

13 New Police Officers Join Kpsm Ranks

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Police Force of St. Maarten KPSM has added thirteen new police officers to its ranks with the graduation of the Basic Police Training BPO Class of 2018 on Friday morning.

The new officers took their oath before Justice Minister Anna Richardson in front of the Walter R. Kramers Building (Police Headquarters) Read more

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24 Oct 2021 12:41 AM

Mps Emmanuel, Buncamper Warns That Proposed Data Protection Law Is Abusive

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Members of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel and Claudius Buncamper in a joint press release on Sunday stressed that the proposed Consensus Kingdom Law (Rijkswet) on Data Protection, if passed as currently intended, is tantamount to abuse and it must be stopped dead in its tracks. Both MPs said that the Government of St Read more

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28 Sep 2021 09:03 PM

Heyliger-Marten Plans Justice Committee Tour Of Detention Facilities

Inmates deserve short-time solutions to meet human rights standards

PHILIPSBURG – Following up on her letter of September 1st, 2021, MP and Chairlady of the Justice Committee of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten sent another letter to Justice Minister Anna Richardson last week Read more

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06 Sep 2021 07:26 PM

Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard Introduced To Council Of Ministers

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Last Thursday the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) director, Frank Boots and a delegation paid a visit to the Council of Ministers. During this visit the DCCG director introduced his organization to the Council of Ministers.

The delegation, upon invitation of the Prime Minister who proposed the introduction of the Coast Guard to the Council of Ministers in order to increase the awareness of the organization and the mandated objectives. The DCCG director, Frank Boots gave the introduction of the DCCG through a presentation in which he gave an explanation of the policies, tasks and assets of the organization in the Caribbean and in particular its goals for the island of St Read more

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13 Jul 2021 03:45 AM

Acting Justice Sg Vijdai Jusia Reportedly Suspended Or Fired By MinisterOf Justice

Minister of Justice Anna Richardson

MAHO, St. Maarten – Department Head Justice Affairs / Acting Secretary General at Ministry of Justice Vijdai Jusia is reportedly suspended or fired from his post indefinitely by Minister of Justice Anna Richardson.

Jusia was served notice of his suspension at location in Maho by a civil marshal because the minister wanted him to know he was not allowed back at his desk.

It is not clear why the minister suspended Jusia Read more

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01 Jul 2021 02:40 PM

Government Meets With The Unions Over Vacation Allowance

~ To await Constitutional Court decision ~

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — On Tuesday, June 29th, the Honorable Ministers of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs; Justice, Anna Richardson; Finance, Ardwell Irion; Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, drs Read more

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08 Jun 2021 11:04 AM

Attorney-General To Hold Introductory Meetings In Sint Maarten

Mr. Ton Maan, Attorney-General of Curaao and St. Maarten, and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Attorney-General of Curaao and St. Maarten, and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Mr. Ton Maan, will hold introductory meetings on Sint Maarten as of Monday, June 7, 2021.

The Attorney-General arrived on Sint Maarten Sunday afternoon.

The Attorney-General took up his post as of April 1, but has been unable to conduct in-person meetings on Sint Maarten earlier due to the COVID-19-related lockdown in Curaao and the resulting border closure between Sint Maarten and Curaao.

The Attorney-General is scheduled to hold in-person introductory meetings with Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, Justice Minister Anna Richardson, and other partners in the justice chain Read more

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13 May 2021 12:33 PM

Kpsm Officers Graduate, Class Of 2015 (Bpo-2)

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Friday, May 7, 2021, 15 police officers from the Class of 2015 attended their graduation ceremony held in front of the Police Head Quarters in Philipsburg.

The graduation was attended to by His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten Drs. Eugene Holiday, Prime minister the Honorable Silveria Jacobs and the Minister of Justice the honorable Anna Richardson, Chief Prosecutor Mirjam Mol, government officials and department heads, representatives of several local associations and communities, colleagues, family members and friends.

Police Chief Carl John, the police management team and representatives from the Nederlands Politie Academy (N.P.A.) proudly congratulated all of the graduates for their academic achievements and expressed sincere thanks to the family-members for the support they have given them while they were in training.

KPSM continues to train its personnel to the highest level possible to give the foundation on which to build a carrier offering the highest level of professional police service Read more

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10 Feb 2021 09:00 PM

Mp Emmanuel Asks Richardson For Details On New Border Protocol

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Other than the Dutch wanting to know what is happening on St. Maarten, what is the purpose or necessity of a new protocol on border control with the Netherlands? MP Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday dispatched a letter to Minister of Justice Anna Richardson asking for details of a reported new border control protocol she signed with Dutch Kingdom partners.

According to media reports the Netherlands has drawn up a joint protocol for strengthening border control together with Aruba, Curaao and St Read more

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09 Dec 2020 05:37 AM

Justice Workers To Unions: We Have LostAll Confidence In The Minister Of Justice

~ Wants Parliament to summon her in for questioning ~

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Justice chain members of the NAPB, ABVO and WICSU/PSU unions informed union Presidents that they have lost all confidence in Justice Minister Anna Richardson and mandated the unions to do everything within your power to involve Parliament and relay our position.

The membership gave the unions three days to pen a letter to Parliament with the objective to call the Minister to Parliament for questions and provide truthful and concrete answers Read more

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03 Apr 2020 04:23 AM

Despite Strong Plea For More Time; Pm Silveria Jacobs And Justice Minister Anna Richardson Join Forces To Arrange The Transfer Home Of 3 Detainees During Covid19 Crisis

TOP SECRET OPERATION: Photo by The Real Paparazzi TEAM CuraaoSint Maarten

Due to Minister Dekker insisting that the detainees return to Sint Maarten, within the time frame that was set.

Philipsburg Recently, Sint Maarten was made aware that the Netherlands would within short, be returning three of our detainees who were transferred to the Netherlands due to the state that our prison was in after Hurricane Irma. During the discussions with the Netherlands concerning the transfer of the detainees it quickly became evident that it was not possible for the detainees to remain in the Netherlands any longer.

Considering the limited resources that Sint Maarten has, the chair lady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs made a strong appeal to the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection Mr Read more

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03 Dec 2017 07:02 PM

Response To Usp

The Democratic Party has been one of the longest serving parties in the history of St. Maarten.  We have had our ups and downs, but we have been there for the people of St. Maarten, now more than ever before. Our main goal was and continues to be, “how can we make our island a better place for the people of St. Maarten”.

To hear a political party, who welcomed the leader of the Democratic Party as the chairlady in one breathe and denounce her in the next, say some of the most unprofessional things is a shame to say the least.  This berating article from the USP board comes as no surprise, because the same lowdown type of message was previously shared in the NA/USP/DP coalition WhatsApp chat.

Yes, the “testicular fortitude” message from the hand of a TEATT cabinet staffer, singling out 2 leaders of the coalition and calling the other (female) leader “spineless” Read more

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18 Aug 2017 12:33 AM

Prime Minister Marlin Congratulates Anna Rabess-Richardson On Being Inducted As Director For Miss Teen International.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Wednesday August 16, 2017, Prime Minister William V. Marlin joined in celebration and support of Mrs Anna Rabess- Richardson at the Princess Juliana International Airport in welcoming International Pageants CEO Mr. Mel Richardson, Executive Director Mrs. Mary Richardson for an official “Meet and Greet” where Mrs Rabess-Richardson was officially inducted as Director for Miss Teen International.

Being inducted as a director means that St Read more

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