December 8 trial postponed
The December 8 trial which was scheduled to resume on Tuesday was postponed because the president of the Military Court, Cynthia Valstein-Montnor, is reportedly sick. Irvin Kanhai, the attorney representing the prime suspect Desi Bouterse, told Times of Suriname that he received a message that the trial will be resumed on January 30. The message also indicated that one of the judges is currently sick. Sources indicated that the president of the Military Court is sick. The Military Court on January 30 is expected to announce if the trial will be resumed or if it will be stopped indefinitely. Sunil Oemrawsingh, chairman of Stichting 8 december 1982 and one of the surviving relatives, told Times of Suriname that the relatives were told that one of the judges is sick. He pointed out that the relatives still find it painful to see how the trial is being hampered with various obstacles. Stichting 8 december 1982 does not want the resolution of the government to have any effect on the trial. The resolution is reportedly aimed at ending the prosecution of the suspects/ defendants in the December 8 trial.