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Suriname: Van Trikt’s participation in a criminal organization is not charged

The suspect Robert van Trikt, ex-governor of the Central Bank of Suriname (CBvS), is not charged with participating in a criminal organization. Judge Maytrie Kuldipsingh made this decision on Monday. The other charges, including violation of the Money Laundering Act and the Anti-Corruption Act, are still standing. The judge rejected the requested change of Chief Prosecutor Cynthia Klein.

On 6 July, Klein asked the court to add Article 188 of the Criminal Code (participation in a criminal organization) to the indictment of Van Trikt. Irvin Kanhai, counsel for Van Trikt, disagreed, because the allegation was not included in the summons.

Kuldipsingh has explained that participation in a criminal organization and the other offenses charged do not have the same meaning and referred to the summary judgment, a decision of the Supreme Court. She made it clear that these are not the same facts as stated in the original indictment. After review, the judge comes to the conclusion that another criminal offense has been committed. The criminal record of the advanced amendment differs from the original amendment.

Van Trikt, who was not in the room, was informed by telephone that he would not be charged with the criminal offense of participating in a criminal organization. Counsel Kanhai was also not present in the room.

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