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Judge Bob Wit to lead St. Maarten Integrity Committee


PHILIPSBURG–Justice Jacob Wit, who is Constitutional Court President and a member of the Caribbean Court of Justice, will head the independent Public Administration Integrity Committee established by government in November.

Rieke Samson-Geerlings, a former Procurator-General of the Netherlands, will serve as deputy chairwoman.

The committee also consists of former Lord Mayor of Dordrecht Ronald Bandell, Advisory Council member/retired banker Jan Beaujon, senior lawyer/former Netherlands Antilles minister Richard Gibson Sr., and retired Lieutenant-General/former Commander of the Koninklijke Marechaussee Dick van Putten.

The committee has already commenced preparatory work and will hold its first meetings in St. Maarten from Monday, December 16 until Friday, December 20.

This week, President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell, the Members of the Council of Ministers and a number of governmental bodies will receive letters requesting them to name a senior contact person to the committee secretary.

The letters will also request that parliament, government and its departments inform the committee in writing of all measures taken by them since October 2010 to promote integrity in general and more specifically in their own organization. They are also to indicate the integrity issues they have encountered so far in the course of their activities.

This information will form a starting point for the December meetings.

During its first meeting, the committee will also decide on how to involve the public in its research. The idea of a confidential hotline for residents to call to give their views and report alleged integrity problems is one of the options being studied.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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