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Suriname: President Desi Bouterse fights 20 year jail sentence for 1982 executions

January 15, 2020BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News. NY

In about a week’s time, embattled Surinamese President Desi Bouterse of Suriname will make his very first appearance before a court or war council which had last month ordered him jailed for 20 years for the 1982 mass executions of 15 government opponents.

The Jan. 22 hearing is designed to allow Bouterse, 74, to signal his plans to appeal the jail sentence for the killings in the height of military rule, following the February 1980 coup that had toppled the elected government of then Prime Minister Henck Arron.

Bouterse, trying to win a third consecutive five-year term in general elections on May 25, has never appeared before the panel of judges hearing the mass murder case for more than a decade, but now that he has been sentenced, he has wasted no time in moving to appear knowing full well that the sentence will be confirmed and imposed if he stays away again.              Continue reading

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