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Sint Maarten Official Theo Heyliger Moved To Bonaire Because Jail Is Overcrowded

KRALENDIJK — The former Sint Maarten parliament member Theo Heyliger will spend his pre-trial detention in Bonaire.

Until now, Heyliger was being held at the Philipsburg police station in Sint Maarten.

He is accused of large-scale corruption, bribery and fraud in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sint Maarten.

The decision to move Heyliger to Bonaire was made because Point Blanche Prison in Sint Maarten has reached its maximum capacity of 70 people.

Heyliger has apparently been moved to a judicial complex in Bonaire.

The move is part of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service’s efforts to comply with fundamental human rights.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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