Serious number of illegal firearms in the Antilles

Serious number of illegal firearms in the Antilles

World September 2, 2017 07:36

the hague - The ease with which illegal criminals can be found on Curaçao and other Antilles is 'very worrying'. This is what the departing chief of the Public Prosecutor's Office on Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean said on Saturday in a farewell interview in The Telegraaf.

Attorney General Guus Schram denies the ease with which crime groups can come to firearms. 'We must therefore invest more in combating arms smuggling,' he says. Schram, who returns after three years in the position of Chief Prosecutor of the Northern Netherlands, denies the firearms possession on the islands 'quite inhabited'.

In particular, on Curaçao, the number of murders remains high. 'Every year 20 to 25 victims are affected by a population of 170,000 inhabitants. Conversely, for the Netherlands with 17 million inhabitants, that would mean 2000 to 2500 murders each year. '

In the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands, CBS, in 2016, killed 110 murder and killing deaths.

READ FURTHER: 'Population is gun violence spuugzat'

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