Press Release from the Justice Officer of St.Maarten Mr.Rienk Mud

Last Saturday, March 20, 2010, a man who is suspected of being involved in the death of Bruno Basilio, arrived in Sint Maarten, after being extradited by the Canadian authorities at the request of the prosecutor’s office in Sint Maarten. 

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Basilio, known by many people as ‘Eddy the hairdresser’, died in front of his house in the Manzanillasteeg on Sunday, December 21, 2008.

The suspect, C.W., was arrested upon arrival and led before the investigating judge last Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, the last two suspects in the human smuggling investigation known as ‘Tortola’, arrived at ‘Princess Juliana International Airport’, after they were extradited by US authorities, also at the request of the prosecutor’s office.

The suspects, 36 year old R.R. and his 35 year old wife M.R., were arrested in the US on suspicion of shoplifting. After their arrest it turned out that they were wanted in Sint Maarten.

In the ‘Tortola’ case a group of about 25 people was smuggled by boat from Sint Maarten with destination St. Thomas. The boat was shipwrecked off the coast of Tortola. Thirteen people, several children included, were never found again. They presumably drowned.

Co suspects were sentenced by the Court of First Instance to imprisonment ranging from 6 to 34 months.

The suspects, who were arrested when they arrived in Sint Maarten, will be led before the investigating judge. They will be further interrogated by the police about their role and their statements will be added to the file that was already completed. For this reason, the suspects will be summoned to appear in court as soon as possible.


Sint Maarten, March 25, 2010