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Minister of Justice Press Briefing of August 7th 2019

CFATF is managed by a board and each country is a member with voting rights. We were extremely fortunate to have been given until the November for member states to vote again but we have a lot to do in the meantime. In addition to these 3 laws: Penal Code, Penal Procedure Code and Book 2 of the Civil Code, being passed by parliament, they have to be ratified, implemented, translated into English and evaluated by the CFATF to ensure that they are in line with their recommendations. The National Risk Assessment (NRA) will measure the effectiveness of the laws and we have already engaged the WB to assist us with such. There must be a continuous monitoring and evaluation to ensure that there is a balance.

The misconception that “we just have to talk to the organization and use the hurricane as a reason for the delay” cannot be used any longer and will not fly because we already escaped by a narrow vote from the representing countries. The truth of the matter is that these recommendations have been pending since 2012 – and laws since 2014/5 these are not my “personal laws” but have been pending and previous ministers/administrations were not able to finalize and pass over the last 7 years.
Update on the MLC
The special ordered security doors have arrived and the adjustments are being made to ensure their proper installation. The special toilet/basin combo have been delivered and are being installed with the coordination of the arrival of a water pump necessary to guarantee the correct “bars” needed for the right pressure and suction.

Update Point Blanche
The interior of the cells are being painted by the inmates and coordinated aisle by aisle. Once this has been completed the epoxy can be applied. The bunk beds will also be prepped and painted just like we improved the Philipsburg police cells/holding cells.
The washing machines have been delivered and are being installed while the electrical and drainage adjustments are being made.
In order to protect the grid GEBE will be installing fuse sizes based on the cable rating. This will be done at the source (Transformer station). They have advised the residents of that area to restrict the use of unauthorized connections to homes that have not been legally inspected by the VROMI Inspection Department.  This will avoid disconnection of electricity supply to that area. Should this occur reconnection will be done the following day this is being done to prevent electrocution and fires.