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Life sentence in slaying of lawmaker in Curacao

August 29, 2014

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — A judge in Curacao has sentenced one man to life in prison and acquitted two others in the May 2013 slaying of a prominent political leader on the southern Caribbean island.

The judge found Elvis Kuwas guilty on charges including murder in the death of Helmin Wiels and sentenced him to life in prison. Two alleged accomplices were acquitted in the slaying of Wiels but convicted on unrelated weapons and robbery charges.

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement it is considering an appeal of Friday’s verdicts for the alleged accomplices.

Wiels was a prominent member of Parliament and a founder of the pro-independence Pueblo Soberano. Prosecutors have not disclosed the motive in the slaying and say an investigation into who ordered the killing remains open.

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