Suri­name pres­i­dent guilty of 15 mur­ders

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A court in Suri­name on Fri­day con­victed Pres­i­dent Desi Bouterse of mur­der for the ex­e­cu­tion of 15 op­po­nents in 1982 af­ter a coup. It sen­tenced the man who has dom­i­nated the South Amer­i­can coun­try’s re­cent history to 20 years in prison. Op­po­si­tion par­ties called for Bouterse, in China on an of­fi­cial visit, to step down. Bouterse was ex­pected to return to Suri­name to­day, the vice pres­i­dent of his Na­tional Democratic Party told lo­cal news­pa­per De Ware Tijd. Ra­mon Abra­hams said he was in con­tact with Bouterse and had called an emer­gency meet­ing of the party.

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