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Saint Martin Set To Establish Corruption Watchdog

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
11 April, 2017

Caribbean territory Saint Martin is set to establish an "Integrity Chamber," following approval of a proposed order to establish a corruption watchdog.

The order was proposed by the Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, and approved by the Council of Ministers for the Kingdom, made up of representatives from the Netherlands, Aruba, Cura├žao, and Saint Martin. The Council of Ministers has now agreed to submit the order to the Council of State for the Kingdom for an advisory opinion.

The order proposes that an Integrity Chamber is created to investigate suspected integrity breaches and provide binding opinions to the Government of Saint Martin on how to deal with them. Where a criminal offence has been committed, the Chamber will lodge a criminal complaint where necessary.

The Chamber will also advise Saint Martin's Government on integrity policy and make proposals in this regard.

The proposal to set up an Integrity Chamber follows various reports on integrity issues in Saint Martin that show corruption, bribery, and nepotism occur at all levels of society, including the public administration system.

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