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St. Maarten parliament president: Unchallenged parts of Penal Code should go into effect

TUESDAY, 06 AUGUST 2013

PHILIPSBURG–The new Penal Code should be published and go into effect with the exception of the articles that have been challenged by the ombudsman and are under review by the Constitutional Court, according to Parliament President Gracita Arrindell.

Answering questions from the press on Monday about her view on the holdup of the code, Arrindell said if it becomes necessary Parliament will have to meet with Governor Eugene Holiday and Prime Minister/General Affairs Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on the way forward.

Arrindell is “curious” to find out what the Constitutional Court will decide about the challenged articles. She said whatsoever the decision is Parliament will have to abide by it.

Parliament’s active role in the Penal Code process had been completed when the code was passed earlier this year.

Arrindell said it cannot be so that the challenge from Ombudsman Nilda Arduin-Lynch to articles in the code dealing with organised animal fights and high punishment for crimes against tourists among others would result in the entire code being put aside or further delayed from going into effect.

Publishing of the Penal Code as with other laws is the responsibility of the minister of general affairs. Laws are published in the National Gazette. Arrindell will look into the possibility of making the gazette available on Parliament’s website as the process to acquire a copy is lengthy.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

 

Wetboek van Strafrecht moet deels in werking treden

DINSDAG, 06 AUGUSTUS 2013

PHILIPSBURG — Het nieuwe Wetboek van Strafrecht zou gepubliceerd moeten worden en in werking moeten treden, met uitzondering van de artikelen die de Ombudsman heeft betwist en die nu worden onderzocht door het Constitutionele Hof, aldus Statenvoorzitter Gracia Arrindell.

In reactie op vragen van de pers, gisteren, over het oponthoud van het wetboek, stelde Arrindell dat het parlement met gouverneur Eugene Holiday en premier en minister van Algemene Zaken Sarah Wescot-Williams moet overleggen over de voortgang. Arrindell stelt dat het niet zo kan zijn dat de door Ombudsman Nilda Arduin-Lynch betwiste artikelen, over onder meer dierengevechten en hoge straffen voor criminaliteit tegen toeristen, ertoe leiden dat de wet helemaal opzij wordt gelegd of nog verder wordt vertraagd.

De Statenvoorzitter is benieuwd wat het hof zal beslissen over de artikelen die de Ombudsman betwist. Wat de beslissing echter ook zal zijn, het parlement zal zich hierbij neer moeten leggen. De actieve rol van het parlement was voorbij, nadat de wet eerder dit jaar was aangenomen.

De publicatie van wetten is de verantwoordelijkheid van de minister van Algemene Zaken. Ze worden gepubliceerd in de National Gazette. Arrindell wil de mogelijkheid bekijken om de Gazette op de website van het parlement te plaatsen, aangezien het lang duurt voor men een kopie ontvangt.

Bron: Amigoe, Curacao

 

Implementing Penal Code in parts under review by government

THURSDAY, 08 AUGUST 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Government is reviewing if it is possible to publish the parts of the revised Penal Code that have not been challenged by the Ombudsman in the Constitutional Court. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said Wednesday that implementing this vital piece of legislation in parts is one of the areas the Constitutional Court has asked government to
look into.

“We have been looking at it from a legal aspect and we will be responding to the constitutional court,” she said. “There are arguments for in favour of [implementing the unaffected parts of the code] and arguments that are contra [implementing in parts].” However, no firm decision has yet been made about the way forward.

On Monday, Parliament President Gracita Arrindell said the revised Penal Code should be published and go into effect with the exception of the articles that have been challenged by the ombudsman and that are under review by the Constitutional Court. Arrindell is “curious” to find out what the Constitutional Court will decide about the challenged articles. She said whatsoever the decision is Parliament will have to abide by it.

Parliament’s active role in the Penal Code process has been completed when the passing of the code earlier this year.
Arrindell said it cannot be so that the challenge from Ombudsman Nilda ArduinLynch to articles in the code
dealing with organised animal fights and high punishment for crimes against tourist among others would result in the entire code being put aside or further delayed from going into effect.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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