Former Curacao prime minister held for questioning in forgery, money laundering probe

A former prime minister of Curacao has been detained on the island for questioning in a money-laundering investigation.

The Public Prosecutor announced that Gerrit Schotte was arrested Tuesday and said authorities will hold him for an initial 48-hour period of questioning. His longtime girlfriend also was arrested.

A statement issued by the Public Prosecutor did not provide details about the allegations but said both Schotte and his girlfriend were suspected of forgery and money laundering.

Investigators searched Schotte's home in December and seized a computer and documents. Schotte is leader of the Movement for the Future of Curacao political party.

Schotte left the prime ministerial post after less than two years in the job when his coalition lost its majority on the Island Council in August 2012.