Pres­i­dent of Suri­name sen­tenced to 20 years jail

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Para­maribo, Suri­name - A mil­i­tary court in Suri­name sen­tenced Pres­i­dent Desi Bouterse to 20 years in prison on Fri­day over the ex­e­cu­tions of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents when he was the South Amer­i­can coun­try’s dic­ta­tor in the 1980s.

Bouterse (74) is on a state visit to China and will ap­peal the judge­ment when he re­turns next week, his lawyer Irvin Kan­hai said. Bouterse has dom­i­nated Suri­name’s pol­i­tics since taking power in a 1980 mil­i­tary coup.

Fri­day’s judge­ment, de­liv­ered by a three-mem­ber court mar­tial led by Judge Cyn­thia Val­steinMon­tor, re­lates to the ex­e­cu­tions of 15 regime op­po­nents in De­cem­ber 1982.

The so-called ‘De­cem­ber killings’, in which the regime rounded up and ex­e­cuted 13 civil­ians and two mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, have long clouded Bouterse’s rule.

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