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Curacao woman detained in politician murder probe

August 4, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities in Curacao have detained a 43-year-old woman in their investigation into the May slaying of a lawmaker who led a major political party.

Helmin Wiels was hit by five bullets as he socialized on a Curacao beach on May 5. Two assailants sped off in a gold-covered car after fatally shooting the leader of the leftist Sovereign People Party, a big player in Curacao’s coalition government.

A brief Saturday statement by police identifies the detained woman by her initials, M.A.B. Detectives also searched two homes on the island, confiscating several items.

Police have not released further details.

In June, police spokesman Reginald Huggins said two suspects had been identified in Wiels’ murder. One of them was Raul Jacinto Martinez, who was found decapitated on the island.

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