The UD leader Theodore Heyliger was picked up early Tuesday morning by the Anti-Corruption Taskforce (TBO) as a suspect in the Larimar investigation. He is said to have been the one behind an offer of bribe money to a member of parliament MP Romaine Laville for him to break ranks with the governing coalition at the time to form a new majority. An official complaint was launched by the MP back in 2012 but until now no further progress was made by the prosecutor’s office to investigate the case.
Why Heyliger’s arrest is so important? Well, the MP is the most popular politician in recent Elections and his party had won the last Parliamentary Elections in February 2018. Although he was called on to form the present government, he was unable to pass the screening to become the Prime Minister of the State in which he ran because of a pending investigation of which he was a primary suspect. Heyliger in the meantime had seen several of his close business associates and family members around him picked up for questioning about corruption that seem to signal a slow undermining of his grounds in order to find more reasons to lay hands on him and bring more charges of corruption against him.
All indications were that the MP was aware that someday they will hold him for questioning but so many years have passed and the MP continue to carry on with his work representing the people in Parliament. Because of his elected position as a sitting MP, the justice department by law would have to request the court permission to have him prosecuted. That was done several weeks ago and it was even more evident that any time he could be picked up and brought before the court to face charges of bribery and corruption.
Well that arrest was made very early Tuesday morning and as to where this would lead, we will all have to wait and see.
Update on Heyliger’s arrest; he was granted eight more days in pre trial detention to allow investigators to continue their probe into bribery aligations and receiving of bribes in the Larimar Investigation.