PHILIPSBURG: --- The four suspects that were arrested in the Pompeii investigation on November 1st has been released by the Court of Appeals on Friday. Attorney at Law Shaira Bommel confirmed to SMN News on Friday that the four suspects namely Etienne Toochie Meyers, and his employees Dulcia Florentina, Louella Rog and Ramphis Rondei were all released on Friday.
The judge of instruction had extended the pretrial detention of the four suspects to 60 days but the Meyers family filed an injunction against the decision of the judge of instruction to have the suspects released. The case was heard on Wednesday but the Court handed down its ruling on Friday. SMN News could not reach the Meyers family for a comment on Friday afternoon.
Prosecutor's Office Press Bulletin
The Joint Court of Justice has suspended the pre-trial detention of the suspects in the Pompei-investigation E.R.M. (65) and D.F. (54) based on “personal grounds” of the suspects. They remain suspect in the ongoing investigation and must remain available for the investigators. M. and F. appealed the decision of the Judge of Instruction not to suspend their detention. This appeal was handled by the Joint Court of Justice on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Joint Court of Justice decided to render this decision.
The Prosecutor’s Office also requested the Joint Court of Justice to annul the decision of the Judge of Instruction to suspend the pre-trial detention of a third suspect in the Pompei-investigation, L.M.A.R. (50). The Joint Court of Justice did not grant this request. R. remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation.