PHILIPSBURG:--- Businessman Alex Dijkhoffz and Sharon Filico appeared before the court for the first instance on Friday where both suspects received 8 days of pretrial detention as detectives continue the investigation in the Mitte case. The Mitte investigation has to do with the clean-up and repair works conducted at the Princess Juliana International Airport post-hurricane Irma in 2017.
On Wednesday evening the RST and TBO arrested Alex Dijkhoffz, Sharon Filico, and Nicole Halley. Halley was released on Thursday afternoon while Dijkhoffz and Filico appeared in court on Friday afternoon.
Alex Dijkhoffz was the former chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE).
TBO team had arrested the now dismissed Chief Operations Officer of PJIAE Michel Hyman and Rene Guichard in October 2021. Both suspects have been released but lost their jobs since they were arrested and not charged in the ongoing investigation.
So far the investigators have arrested five persons as they continue the probe.
A press release from the prosecutor's office states that the trio that was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, their homes and place of business were searched and the suspects are accused of forgery, bribery, and money laundering.