Suriname president guilty of 15 murders
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.