Political analyst Derek Ramsamooj will be released from prison in Suriname after courts in that country found the Surinamese police had no basis to keep him.
But he will remain in Suriname until a trial is scheduled in the bank fraud allegations against former Surinamese Post Savings Bank CEO Ginmardo Kromosoeto. This is expected in early January.
This was confirmed by Ramsamooj’s wife Camille Pagee.
Reports by Suriname’s De Ware Tidj online service stated Ramsamooj will be released by order of the Court of Justice.
Ramasamooj was detained October 8 after being told by Surinamese Public Prosecution Services that they wanted a statement or evidence to support an inquiry into operations at the SPSB and he agreed to assist. A probe into SPSB has been ongoing since 2019.
When the detention continued without charge Ramsamooj, who is diabetic, threatened to go on a hunger strike. He declared he wasn’t guilty of any criminal offence.
Pagee said his detention by police on stated suspicions of collaborating with the CEO of a state bank in criminal activities was challenged by his lawyer under that country’s Article 61 of the criminal code.
Police in Suriname have wide powers to detain without evidence, but Article 61 requires them, after a certain time without producing charges, to prove to the courts that suspicions have been substantiated.
|The court found they were not,” Pagee said.