President Chandrikapersad Santokhi sees no reason to fire Finance and Planning Minister Armand Achaibersing. The head of state tells the Times of Suriname that an investigation is now underway and it has not yet been determined that the minister is involved in the million-dollar fraud scandal with SRD.
The head of state says that if the minister is not involved, he cannot be suspended. Santokhi assures that this case will not be covered. “We are not telling the truth about it. We will not only go after the perpetrators, but will also make sure that the stolen money comes back to the bosom of the state. ”
The president’s spokesman, Alven Roosveld, has announced in a press release that the public prosecutor’s office will have every opportunity for an independent investigation. The head of state asks the community for patience and understanding during the investigation.
“For several days now, a shock wave has been going through society due to the high-profile development regarding funds due to the Ministry of Finance. This is a criminal offense, namely the alienation of large sums of money from the state. Against this background, the judicial and police authorities have been summoned for the criminal investigation.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office has complete independence to conduct the investigation and has called in the specialized judicial intervention team. The prosecution also stated that the investigation has the character of an embargo, which means nothing more than a closed investigation, where criminal offenses and persons are silently exposed by all available means to get to the truth as soon as possible.
Furthermore, it also applies to the embargo that there is no pollution or impact on research. “We as a government respect the position of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and have also handled the information that was shared very carefully, both in Parliament and elsewhere, including through the Minister of Finance,” said President Santokhi.
“Unfortunately, we note that third parties who have been sent the information show a different attitude, which does not take into account the position of the prosecution. They deliberately and deliberately present the information in such a way that on the one hand they can create a distorted image, but even worse, it damages the ongoing investigation and undermines the interest of the investigation, ”the head of state added. A situation is now emerging where so much information ends up in society where it is unclear what is right or wrong and unclean.
In the light of the above, the President has noted that this Government will at all times apply the rule of law, will always strengthen the law and, above all, will continue to promote compliance with it.
The prosecution, especially the Attorney General, is responsible for the investigation and prosecution. On the basis of its independence, it conducts its own research, and this government will always respect that. The Government also respects the fact that this body treats the investigation very carefully and carefully and looks forward to the results of their actions with confidence. What stands up to the government is the confidence that the investigation will not only focus on perpetrators and suspects, but that the stolen money will also flow back into the bosom of the state. After all, this money belongs to the Surinamese community. The government regrets that this could have happened.
Meanwhile, the president has instructed the finance minister to launch his own internal investigation in addition to the criminal investigation in the prosecution. In this context, economic experts must investigate how the criminal acts were committed, through which forged documents, including receipts, ended up in the system.
The preliminary report shows that suspects have been identified and are being tracked down. It is certainly hoped that this will happen in the short term. Based on the information available, it is highly likely that this is an organized crime operation with possible assistance from internal structures. “I can now state that these are various offenses such as participation in criminal organizations, forgery and violation of the Penal Code on money laundering,” the president said. It can be stated that action will be taken without regard to persons.
President Santokhi urges everyone to give the public prosecutor plenty of room for independent investigation. The prosecution will in due course release all information. Until then, the government will share all information obtained with parliament and society, “the press release said.