~ Two suspects arrested.~
PHILIPSBURG/MARIGOT:--- The TBO and RST have been conducting house searches starting early this morning as they investigate a case relating to the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE).
The searches were conducted on the French and Dutch sides of the island. SMN News learned that the home of Chief Operation Officer Michel Hyman home was searched while the home of Rene Guishard was also searched, both of who have been arrested. Guishard is an employee of PJIAE that works at the Tower.
So far no official information was released by the Prosecutors Office.SMN News will bring you more information as the story develops.
A press release issued on Friday afternoon states the following:-
On Friday, October 22, 2021, the Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST) arrested two people and conducted searches at two houses and at the addresses of two businesses on Sint Maarten under the supervision of the investigating magistrate.
The arrests of M.H. and R.G. and the searches are related to an extensive investigation codenamed “Mitte” and is focused on fraud related to cleanup and repair works carried out at Princess Juliana International Airport after Hurricane Irma.
The “Mitte” investigation is executed RST under the leadership of the Anti-Corruption Taskforce TBO of the Attorney-General’s Office of Curacao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba.
TBO focuses on a specialized approach to combat corruption and subversion of financial and economic crime. Additionally, the team investigates fraud, forgery and money laundering