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Ministry of Justice
Serial No. PR -17-023
Keiden Kintol
July 12, 2017


Case Dismissal – ROP v. Inis Remoket

Upon request of the Minister of Justice, the following is provided to assist the public in understanding case dismissals and the considerations that accompany filing and/or dismissing criminal charges.

The First principle to understand is the governing concept that a prosecutor occupies a unique position in the legal framework. Whereas all other attorneys are tasked solely with zealously advocating for their client’s interests, the prosecution has a much more ambiguous responsibility to not merely seek conviction, but to see that justice is done. This responsibility is reflected in the Rules that govern filing a case and the discretion that a Prosecutor exercises in case disposition.

The second principle that needs to be understood is the presumption of innocence and burden of proof. A person is presumed innocent and cannot be arrested by police without some basis for doing so: this level of proof required of police arrest is referred to as “probable cause.” Probable Cause has been defined by some courts as “facts or circumstances that would lead a reasonable person to believe a crime has been committed and that the person arrested committed a crime.” There are actually a number of these levels of proof in the legal system, with the lowest level labeled “reasonable suspicion” and the highest level of proof labeled,  “beyond a reasonable doubt;” probable cause falls somewhere between these two levels. While a person may be arrested based on probable cause, conviction of a criminal offense requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt as follows:

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you firmly convinced the defendant is guilty. A reasonable doubt based upon reason and common sense and is not based upon and common sense and is not based purely on speculation. It may arise from a careful and impartial consideration of all evidence, or from lack of evidence. If after a careful and impartial consideration of all evidence, you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty, it is your duty to find the defendant not guilty.

This discrepancy between levels of proof leads to the practical result where a person arrested for a crime may not be tried for that offense, since a mere arrest requires such a lower proof threshold.

Jaycee Ochob was last seen in the Republic of Palau around September 18, 2016, but her disappearance was not noted until almost a month late. After an extensive investigation, police submitted an affidavit of probable cause to support an information and arrest warrant for her estranged husband, Inis Remoket, Mr. Remoket was charged with Murder in the Second Degree, or in the alternative Manslaughter. After some preliminary matters, the matter was set for trial to commence July 11, 2017. On June 20, 2017, the defense filed a Motion to dismiss alleging a lack of probable cause to support the information, or charging instrument. This motion was denied by the Court, which found there was probable cause and also finding the motion to be untimely.

In preparation for trial, however, after a careful thorough review of the evidence under the greater scrutiny of reasonable doubt, the case prosecutor determined the matter should not proceed to trial and the case was dismissed upon motion by prosecutor on June 28, 2017.  This action was in accordance with the American Bar Association Standards for Prosecutors, Standard 3-3.9(a), which mandate in the prosecutor “should not permit the continued pendency of criminal charges in the absence of sufficient admissible evidence to support a conviction.” Since the matter was dismissed before trial, the dismissal is “without prejudice”, meaning charges could still be filed again at anytime with the statute of limitations. In the case of Murder, there is no time limitation in which to file a charge.


~ Mlo semecher > June 22, 2017
~ Kemeldiil > July 15, 2017
~Tuobed er a mork er a 8:00am ra sebadong el July 15, 2017 el mora Ikelesia er a Koror Evangelical Church el ngara Emmaus el tal sikang (1 hour) e tuobed el mo mengemeldiil er a Klebeyang er a Ngebuked er a Ngaraard.
Ea 2:00pm er a telial sils eng mo tuobed el mo medakl er a Lelebai el ngara Ngebuked er a Ngaraard.


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Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Date: 06/08/2017


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PICRC brings on new researcher to assist Research Department and Support the PNMS

Michelle Dochez from the the United States, has been hired by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as the newest Researcher. With four PICRC researchers overseas pursuing their PhD and Masters Degrees, Ms. Dochez will full fill a large gap at the Center and ensure that the research department can continue to work while the researchers off-island complete their education.

Aside form assisting the PICRC Research Department, Ms. Dochez responsibilities will include support for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Office. PICRC is committed to supporting the PNMS with science and research to help guide the management of the Sanctuary. The hiring of Ms. Dochez will ensure that PICRC can effectively support the PNMS Executive Director and the Executive Committee by developing and implementing the PNMS Science Plan as well as collaborating with different partners to ensure relevant scientific information on PNMS is gathered and available.

Ms. Dochez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and her Masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Ms. Dochez first came to Palau in 2009 and was instantly captivated by Palau’s beauty, above and below the water. Ms. Dochez spent five years in Palau working as dive guide and an underwater naturalist with Sam’s Tours.

Ms. Dochez worked in clinical research for eight years and spent three years working in biomedical labs. Prior to returning to Palau, Ms. Dochez worked a s consultant with Sirenas, a marine drug discovery start – up in San Diego. She developed a benefit sharing solution that promotes marine conservation initiatives in, and provides financial compensation to, nations that permit Sirenas to collections of marine sponges and cyanobacteria whose chemistry is being analyzed for potential biomedical applications to treat cancer, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to explore and learn more about the coral reef environments of Palau” Ms. Dochez shares on her new position. ” I hope to contribute to the important research PICRC is doing to benefit marine conservation efforts in Palau, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Micronesia, and the world.”



The Lord’s Prayer

July 9, 2017

This morning PICRC was visited by one of our loyal donors.

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Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Ilebrang U. Olkeriil, Bernadette Valencia, Harlen Herman”

Ms. Bernadette Valencia the General Manager of Matson takes a tour of the Palau Aquarium.
Matson is a shipping company for Guam and Micronesia and Continues to be a large supporter of PICRC.



Anna Parker

Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086
1 M-Dock Road
Koror, PW 96940  Palau
Phone: (680) 488-6950
Fax:  (680) 488-6951
Web:  www.picrc.org
Facebook:  Palau International Coral Reef Center-PICRC



The Lord’s Prayer

July 2, 2017

Kemeldiil me a Cheldecheduch er a MCVEY KAZUYUKI

~ Mlo semecher > June 16, 2017
~ Kemeldiil ma Cheldecheduch > July 7, 2017
~ Tuobed ra mork ra 6:00am e melemalt el mora Aimeliik Community Center e mengemeldiil el mo telial sils e mo medakl.

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Kemeldiil me a Omengkad el blals MCKENSI MECHUCHEU TONY

~ Mlo semecher > June 25, 2017
~ Kemeldiil me a Omengkad el blals > July 8, 2017
~ Tuobed er a mork er a 7:00am el mo er a Ulimang er a Ngaraard er a blil a Swenny Shiro

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~ Mlo semecher > June 27, 2017
~ Kemeldiil > July 11, 2017 el di mo er a beluu er a Guam
~ Omengudel el udoud a di mo er ngii er a blil a Eriu Krispin Termeteet el ngara Hoter er a 1:00pm el mo 5:00pm er a July 6, 2017.

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~ Mlo smecher > June 19, 2017
~ Kemeldiil > Friday June 30, 2017
~ Melemalt el mora Ikelesia ra St. Peter Channel el ngara Kesebelau, Airai, e mo merek a misang e mora Dolemiang el blil a obekull ra Rdelolk Christopher Tkoel el ngara Ordomel, Airai

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Kemeldiil ma Cheldecheduch ra TYSON TKEL

~ Mlo smecher > June 11, 2017
~ Kemeldiil ma Cheldecheduch > Saturday, January 1, 2017
~ Tuobed ra mork ra 7:00am el mora Ulimang, Ngaraard, e mengemeldiil el mo eita sils e mochu medakl


Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Date: 06/24/2017

“Last week PICRC staff visited Camp Ebiil to talk about coral reefs”


Kemeldiil ma Cheldecheduch ra ADMESEB KENZI MAD

~ Mlo smecher > May 22, 2017
~ Kemeldiil & Cheldecheduch > Friday, June 23, 2017
~ Tuobed ra Fisheries Dock ra 7:00am el mora Beliliou e mo tuab ra Ikelesia ra Our Lady of Lourdes, ea uriul ra misang eng mochu ra blai e mengemeldiil el mo telial sils e mochu ra ked.

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~ Mlo smecher > June 12, 2017
~ Kemeldiil > Saturday June 24, 2017
~ Di morngii ra Bai ra Ngerchemai, Koror

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Kemeldiil & Cheldecheduch ra PATRICK SHIRO

~ Kemeldiil ma Cheldecheduch a mo er ngii ra Saturday, June 24, 2017
~ Ng di morngii ra blil el ngara Chelibel, Ollei, Ngarchelong