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    In Dutch news was mentioned that they have the Venezuelan nationality.

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    Default Any recent news.

    What is the current status of the investigation or trial concerning the officer killed on duty?

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    The information below is copied from the Dec 19 edition of the Bonaire Reporter newspaper:

    The “Drum” case proceeds. On December9, the seven men (six fromVenezuela and one from Bonaire) were incourt in connection with the murder of theDutch policeman Ferry Bakx (45) on thenight of August 17-18 this year. (code-namedDrum) This was a preliminary hearing andthe Bonaire defendant did not appear as washis right. On February 24, there will be asecond pre-trial hearing. The case will betried next year on May 15, 16 and 17. Incourt the suspects did not deny the shootingand several expressed remorse.The death of the policeman, who emigratedfrom the end of 2012 from Rijsbergen, TheNetherlands, to Bonaire, was a cause forgrieving on Bonaire.

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    http://nltimes.nl/2017/05/16/venezue...ch-cop-bonaire

    trial underway - confession offered

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    Any new developments? Verdict or Sentencing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparty View Post
    Any new developments? Verdict or Sentencing
    From the July 3rd edition of the Bonaire Reporter:

    The trial of the robbery suspects which lead to the death of police office Ferry Bakx was concluded early this month.

    Nearly all charges as presented by the public prosecutor were found proven by the court. Three suspects were sentenced according to the claim of the prosecutor; four others received a lower sentence than demanded.


    The robber who shot and killed Bakx received a sentence of 19 years imprisonment. The Prosecutor had asked for 25 years.


    In the eyes of the court, however, the sole Bonairean defendant ( R.S) played the most significant role in the crimes. He exploited the fact that Venezuelans, given the situation in their country, were vulnerable to temptations to get “easy money.” He had them do the dirty work, while he stayed behind the scenes. R.S, according to the court, attempted to hide the truth about his role in the events. The court ruled that he had to get the heaviest punishment and imposed the 20-year imprisonment demanded by the prosecutor.


    The court also followed the claim of the prosecutor in the case of the Venezuelan suspect with whom the Bonairean suspect had arranged everything. According to the court, the defendant had needed little encouragement to play an important role in the crimes. He was therefore convicted to 18 years imprisonment.


    The suspect who directed his weapon at one of those present in residence in the presence of a child, also was sentenced to the 16 years imprisonment demanded by the prosecutor. The other three Venezuelans received 12, 13 and 14 years of imprisonment respectively. The lowest punishment was awarded to the robber who was described as ‘kind’ by the residents because he tried to reassure the child present during the robbery.

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