Demand on appeal 3 years for money launderingPOSTED: 01/31/14 1:22 AM
St. Maarten – Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 3 years imprisonment against Fernando Jose Medina Martinez yesterday. In April of last year, the Court in First Instance sentenced Medina Martinez to 26 months imprisonment with 12 months suspended on charges of money laundering and firearm possession. His attorney Eppie Sulvaran wants the evidence thrown out and the verdict overturned.
In August 2012 the defendant was arrested after a tip from the American Drug enforcement Administration DEA. In houses the defendant rented under different names in Cupecoy and Cole Bay investigators found $690,000 in cash and a hunting rifle, a Ruger pistol and live ammunition.
Attorney Sulvaran mostly repeated the arguments he presented to the Court in First Instance, and Solicitor-General Taco Stein stuck to his position, though he figured the punishment Medina Martinez received as too mild. Therefore, he demanded a 3-year unconditional prison sentence.
In April of last year, before the sentencing by the Court in First Instance, Medina Martinez was already released from custody after spending eight months behind bars.
The court will announce its decision about this case on February 20.