Curacao secret service accused of plotting coup

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Monday, May 7, 2012 — In a stunning development on the tiny Dutch-speaking island of Curacao, its prime minister, Gerrit Schotte has suspended the island’s entire secret service agency, accusing agents of planning a coup in 2010.

Schotte announced late Friday (May 4) that an unidentified number of members would remain on paid leave pending a parliamentary investigation. He said the Dutch intelligence service will help restructure a new agency.

Schotte did not provide details about the allegations. He and the secret service agency have had several run-ins since the Dutch Caribbean island obtained greater autonomy in 2010 following the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles.

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