Thursday, May 23

Suriname

Desi Bouterse Appeals Against December Murders Verdict
News, Suriname

Desi Bouterse Appeals Against December Murders Verdict

As announced, former Surinamese president Desi Bouterse has appealed his conviction to twenty years in prison in the so-called December 8 trial. His lawyer Irwin Kanhai filed an appeal on September 3, he confirmed to the ANP on Friday.   On August 30, the Surinamese court-martial again sentenced 75-year-old Bouterse to twenty years in prison for his involvement in the murder of fifteen political opponents in 1982. This sentence is the same as that of the end of 2019. Because Bouterse was never present during that trial, he was arrested. He was convicted in absentia. He then filed an opposition, forcing the court-martial to hear his case again this year. He also had the opportunity to appeal. It is not yet known when the judge will hear the appeal. The Court of Justice will set a d...
The US Expects Reliable Results of Elections in Suriname
News, Suriname, US

The US Expects Reliable Results of Elections in Suriname

The United States expects the Surinamese elections to produce a clear and reliable result.   This is what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Washington on Wednesday during the presentation of a report on religious freedom. The elections in Suriname took place over two weeks ago. There is now an unofficial result, but the official result is delayed because the party of Desi Bouterse has asked for a recount of the votes of two polling stations. Whether the recount will be made depends on the supervisors who deal with it. Bouterse is the big loser of the elections, and it is expected that any recount will not change that. The elected parliamentarians are expected to meet for the first time on Monday, June 29. Then the chairman and vice-chairman will also be elected.