Port St. Maarten files notice of Complaint to the Court of First Instance

On Friday, February 15, 2019, Port Sint Maarten filed a notice of complaint to the Gemeenschappelijk Hof van Justitie against the Public Prosecutor’s refusal to prosecute the American dredging company Devcon.

The Port’s request for such prosecution concerns the Emerald investigation, in which Devcon turned out to presumably have secretly and illegally raised invoices to a total amount of more than US$ 3 mln.

The invoices refer to dredging activities in the Port during the years 2012-2016. The Port wishes to reclaim these amounts of money, as they were paid without any legal basis which the Port found out recently.

As a victim of a possible crime, the Port has the right to request for prosecution and to formally complain against the refusal of such prosecution.