One arrested as Dutch anti-corruption team raids Sint Maarten

Philipsburg tourist market on Sint Maarten (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Asksxm). (Philipsburg tourist market on Sint Maarten (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Asksxm))

A in the Caribbean part of the Netherands, is gaining steam. On Monday the team raided a number of properties on Sint Maarten and arrested a 35 year old man. He is suspected of money laundering, forgery and tax evasion, the Volkskrant reports.

Souces on the island told the newspaper that the arrested man owns a security company that secures the prison on the island, among other things. He donated money to a politician to buy votes before the elections in September this year, according to the sources.

This is the second major investigation by the anti-corruption team. In August the team , the director of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. 

Martine Vis, chief of the Criminal Investigation Team in Curacao, hopes that this approach will bring on a "change of mentality" on the islands. "We'll tackle some crooks. And in doing so we do not look at the political side of a case. The police are only interested in crimes. It does not matter to me whether the perpetrators is a banker, a director of a government company or a politician", he said to the newspaper.