Jacoba proposes new Penal Code

Justice Minister Magali Jacoba has proposed that Parliament approve and adopt a new Penal Code for the Netherlands Antilles that will bring the country in line with international regulations.

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Handling BES laws still on for March 4

THE HAGUE--The handling of the first package of laws for the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, on March 4, will almost certainly proceed, said Chairman of the Second Dutch Parliament Chamber's Permanent Committee for Antillean and Aruban Affairs NAAZ Willibrord van Beek on Wednesday.

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Second Chamber urged to handle constitutional laws

Antillean Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage has sent a letter to Chairman Willibrord van Beek of the Antillean Affairs Committee in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, urging that the pending legislation to make possible the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles and new constitutional relations in the Kingdom be handled, despite the fall of the Balkenende Cabinet.

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Unacknowledged children to get more rights soon

Children born out of wedlock and who are unrecognized by their father may soon get more rights, thanks to an amendment in the Civil Code that parliament will handle Tuesday in a Central Committee meeting

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Venezuelan assets at risk by lawsuit filed by Cuban MDs

Venezuela's assets abroad could be frozen if the Federal Court in Miami pronounces an unfavorable judgment against Cuba, Venezuela and the state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) for alleged conspiracy to force doctors and workers of the health mission called Barrio Adentro to work in conditions of "modern slaves."

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Top professors in Curacao

For the seventeenth time, the best legal experts of the Kingdom gather to offer legal post graduate courses in Curaçao. From February 22 through 26, the University of the Netherlands Antilles and the Radboud University of Nijmegen organize three post-academic courses.

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High Court quashes Loor's money-laundering conviction

PHILIPSBURG--The High Court in The Hague has quashed former police commissioner Marcel Loor's conviction for money-laundering and has referred this case back to the Joint Court of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba for retrial.

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10-10-10 uncertain after collapse of Dutch cabinet

The politics in the Antilles are seriously considering a delay of the political transformation-process with the collapse of the Dutch cabinet.

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Bijleveld regrets the fall of Dutch cabinet

THE HAGUE--Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, said on Sunday that she regretted the fall of the Balkenende IV cabinet.

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International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2010

Sarah Beeston and Friederike van der Jagt of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne have written the Dutch chapter for the publication "International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2010".

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Pollution by Curacao Refinery

The Court of First Instance of Curaçao on 28 May 2009 in civil interlocutory proceedings rendered a judgment, whereby Isla, the operator of the Curaçao Oil Refinery (“Isla”) was ordered to lower its emissions by 2010, failing which penalties would be incurred.

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ORDINARY VERSUS SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS IN ARUBA

Interlocutory or summary proceedings provide for immediate relief

Article 110 of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Code of Civil Procedure (‘the Code’) provides that all adversarial proceedings shall be initiated by means of a petition to the court of first instance. Proceedings so initiated are ordinary proceedings a.k.a. proceedings on the merits.

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THREE QUESTIONS ON ARUBAN BANKRUPTCY LAWS

Question 1

In which cases and by whom may bankruptcy proceedings be initiated in accordance with Aruban bankruptcy law?

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Ruling Possible This Month in Stanford Bankruptcy

A federal judge said Thursday he will try to rule this month on whether to put jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford's businesses under bankruptcy protection.

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Law enacted against financing terrorism

ORANJESTAD — The Law on financing terrorist organizations was unanimously adopted this morning during the public meeting of the Aruban parliament. The law is in conformity with the standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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Bijleveld rushes Parliament as 10-10-10 deadline approaches

THE HAGUE--Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten is increasing pressure on the Dutch Parliament's Second Chamber to handle draft legislation for the new constitutional relations in the Kingdom.

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ARUBAN LAW REGARDING CORPORATE AUTHORITY

The Aruba Trade Register should be checked

The laws of Aruba provide that, subject to restrictions laid down by any statutory provision or a corporation’s articles of association, the board of directors of a company shall be competent to represent the company, i.e. a limited liability company (NV, AVV or VBA).

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Referendum law passed in Bonaire

BONAIRE--The Island Council adopted the Bonaire 2010 Referendum Ordinance with a majority but no consensus. The referendum will be held on March 26.

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Buyers fail in effort to have Aquarius declared bankrupt

PHILIPSBURG--Thirteen U.S. residents have failed in their bid to have Aquarius Company Ltd. and Sabra N.V. declared bankrupt. A judge in the Court of First Instance ruled in favour of the developer and owners of Red Pond Estates on Monday.

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Resolve

Today’s report that Curaçao hopes to have the first Central Government tasks transferred to the Island Territory in the next two weeks should not go unnoticed in Philipsburg. After all, the tasks being referred to are also of local importance.

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