Monday, October 03, 2005

Response Katrina vs Joran

The Aruba Tourism Authority and the island community in general profoundly regret the unfounded claims of a conspiracy surrounding the timing of the release of the suspects and the tragic events of hurricane Katrina. No event was used to divert attention from the case. These claims have no basis in fact. The review of the suspect’s detention was planned by the judge for September 4th, 2005 and this date has been public knowledge since July, 2005.

The three suspects in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway were released from police custody in Aruba on September 3, 2005. The case is not closed, in fact, a thorough investigation is still underway on Aruba and the three are still considered suspects.

The investigation is being conducted according to the rule of law. The legal system of Aruba is identical to that of the Netherlands, which receives the highest marks from the U. S. Department of State. It differs from the US system and is as effective.

All judges are appointed by the Queen of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, not through elections or political appointments. These judges must follow a special and rigorous training of six (6) years, following a 4 year law study, to qualify for an appointment. All trials are conducted by a professional judge, not an elected jury. There’s no plea bargaining and no death penalty. The latter has been abolished since late 1800’s.

Unlike in the U.S. legal system, the prosecutor and/or the investigating officers are not under the obligation to disclose details of the investigation to third parties, including the media. The prosecutor’s office, in order to safeguard the integrity of the investigation, has limited authority to disclose details of the investigation to the suspects.

In the Kingdom of The Netherlands, there is a separation of powers, the Government, the Judicial System and Legislature and there is no interference amongst them.

The Royal Netherlands Marines, the Joint Dutch Aruban Investigation Team, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, the Coast Guard for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba and Dutch legal experts assisted the local authorities in Aruba with the Holloway investigation, together with US authorities, including the Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Thousands of Aruban citizens have aided in the search for Natalee from the beginning, and the community-at-large have opened their hearts to the Holloway and Twitty families.

This tragedy has affected the island deeply as it comes as a complete shock to Aruba where crime is nearly non-existent. Aruba is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean and a favorite amongst travelers with a repeat visitor rate of 40%, the highest of any Caribbean destination.

The island of Aruba continues to extend its sincerest thoughts and most heartfelt prayers to Natalee Holloway’s family and friends


Blogger Jimbeau said...

The best that Aruba can do is settle the case. The marks are indelible, and will never go away nor untaint this little island. No matter all the players are foreigners, Aruba is a resort and must be accountable for the peace, public health and safety. So often we hear that Aruba is at the mercy of the Dutch leagal system. What better case is needed to go independent, and break away from judges who treat the victim as the criminal? I would laugh, but only cry, hearing the principle suspect was released to pursue his studies in the Nederlands. What better advertisement can Aruba provide to attract other prospective date rapists and murderers than to show the world how they treated Juran, and Natalee, Dave and Beth? How ironic the judge's only voiced concern about is that the young man be allowed to continue his studies.

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