Philipsburg:--- The Council of Ministers has fired Bas Rhorda the director of the department of Finance on Thursday. SMN News learnt that Rhorda appeared before the council on Thursday where he was officially handed a letter informing of his termination with immediate effect and the reasons government chose to terminate his contract.
Reliable information reaching SMN News states that Government terminated Rhorda because he took information and evidence to the prosecutor's office that could indict head of the Tourist Bureau Regina Labega and Edward Dest.
The source said government is also blaming Rhorda for the 2011 budget saga which is currently ongoing. The source also said that all figures that are in the 2011 budget were prepared by Rhorda and government feels that the finance director is not fully cooperating with them.
Labega and her colleague Edward Dest was suspended on November 5th 2010 with immediate effect while Government filed a criminal complaint against the two senior civil servants on November 25th 2010. On December 2nd government lifted the suspension, two hours before they were supposed to appear in front of a judge to say exactly why the two civil servants were suspended.
Attorney at law Jairo Bloem told SMN News that to date the Prosecutor's office neither government has provided him with a copy of the complaint that was filed. Bloem said he wrote the prosecutor's office as well as government several letters requesting information on the status of the criminal complaint that was filed against Dest and Labega but to date he was not given any information.
Sources close to Rhorda said he met with lawyers on Thursday and Friday as he intends to contest his dismissal since it appears as though proper procedures were not followed.
Efforts made to reach Rhorda on Friday proved futile.