(Demerara Waves) Suriname’s former President Desi Bouterse’s 20-year jail sentence for the murder of 15 persons, while he had been a military ruler in 1982, was Monday morning confirmed.
Starnieuws reports that Bouterse was not in court, saying he was sick and no arrest has been ordered.
The session lasted a very short time. No new facts have emerged, the Court Martial concluded.
Bouterse had opposed the default judgment.
Military auditor Manro Danning had demanded 20 years in prison in the resistance case, just like in the absentee case. After delivering his indictment at the previous hearing, Counsel Irvin Kanhai made his plea.
This was followed by a reply and a rejoinder and then Bouterse’s last word.