House searches in “Squid” investigation

PHILIPSBURG - In connection to the ongoing “Squid “investigation, which concerns accusations of “vote buying” during the 2016 Parliamentary Elections, a number of data storage devices were confiscated from a suspect on the Dutch side of the island this morning.
The Public Prosecutors Office informs that the “Squid” investigation is in full swing. As part of the investigation several homes on the French side of the island, are currently being searched and a number of suspects and witnesses will be interrogated in the near future.
As part of the ongoing investigation one suspect, politician Frans Richardson was arrested on February 14th, 2018 and later released on February 23rd, 2018. Frans Richardson remains a suspect in the investigation.
Huiszoekingen in het onderzoek “Squid”
In het onderzoek “Squid”, dat over het kopen van stemmen tijdens de verkiezingen van 2016 gaat, zijn vanochtend bij een verdachte aan de Nederlandse kant meerdere gegevensdragers in beslag genomen.
Het Openbaar Ministerie informeert dat het onderzoek “Squid” daarmee in volle gang is. Tevens vinden op dit moment meerdere huiszoekingen plaats aan de Franse kant. In het onderzoek zullen de komende tijd diverse verdachten en getuigen gehoord.
Er is tot op heden een persoon aangehouden in het onderzoek. De verdachte Frans Richardson is op 14 februari 2018 aangehouden en op 23 februari in vrijheid gesteld. Frans Richardson is in dit onderzoek nog steeds verdachte.
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