The Suriname Military Court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for former country president Desi Bouterse. The former Suriname leader was convicted in 2019 of complicity in the murder of 15 people in December 1982. According to Bouterse’s attorney, the verdict is politically motivated.
The Martial Court in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, upheld the sentence of the former president on Monday. Desi Bouterse was convicted in 2019 of complicity in the so-called December murders. On December 8, 1982, 15 opponents of the dictator and the military supporters were murdered.
Bouterse was president of the country from 2010 to 2020, before that, from 1980-1988, he was the dictator of this former Dutch colony in the northeastern part of South America.
According to the Surinamese website “Sternews”, the lawyer of the former president indicated that the verdict was politically motivated. Bouterse himself has exercised his right to remain silent.
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