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Monday 28 July  

Curaçao suspends secret service over coup

Published on 5 May 2012 - 4:02pm
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Curaçao’s government has suspended its secret service saying some of its members planned to stage a coup in 2010.

On Friday, Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte announced that all secret service staff had been sent home but would remain on stand-by. A crisis team is to investigate the Caribbean island's secret service, the VDC, with the help of the Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, the prime minister said.

Mr Schotte stressed that the VDC was not being placed under AIVD supervision. The Dutch service confirmed it would only provide “professional assistance.”

Since the island government's installation two years ago, the secret service has been rocked by a number of scandals. Secret documents were leaked to the media in one case. In another, it emerged that in 2010 there had been plans to destroy certain dossiers.

The prime minister accused the opposition of orchestrating the coup plot but he refused to mention any names. He urged the parliamentary parties to order a parliamentary inquiry.

Curaçao has been a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2010.

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