Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Desi Bouterse and impunity

The leader of Suriname has taken steps to frustrate a recent court decision permitting him to be tried despite an amnesty. The Associated Press reports from Paramaribo:
President Desi Bouterse sought again Wednesday to prevent authorities from putting him back on trial for the abduction and summary execution of 15 political opponents when he was the military dictator of this South American nation. 
Bouterse instructed Suriname's attorney general to immediately halt proceedings against him, invoking an article of the constitution that allows the president to issue such an order in the interests of national security. 
The action follows a June court ruling that invalidated an amnesty law pushed through parliament by Bouterse's supporters after he was elected president. The court ordered the resumption of the trial against him and 24 co-defendants.

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