President of Suriname sentenced to 20 years jail
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.