Published On: Mon, Sep 4th, 2017

Civil inquiry

The Public Prosecutor’s Office’s request for a civil inquiry into possible mismanagement at the Harbor Holding Company shows once more how tedious and time-consuming the road towards clarity and transparency can be.

In June 2015 the prosecutor already initiated a civil inquiry. At the time it was based on findings documented in the integrity reports of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Bob Wit-committee and on “signals from the community.” Those signals had to do with the port’s pumped up contract with Checkmate Security.

The 2015 inquiry focused on corporate governance.  This time the focus is on “possible mismanagement” – but maybe these are just different terms for the same thing.

With the port’s CEO Mark Mingo first arrested on suspicion of money laundering, forgery and tax evasion, then sent on a leave of absence and subsequently suspended, one could argue that Hurricane Irma is not the only storm that is brewing in St. Maarten.