FILE PHOTO: Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Pool
PARAMARIBO (Reuters) – A court in Suriname on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 during an earlier term as military ruler of the South American country after he and other soldiers led a violent coup to seize power.
The court sentenced Bouterse, who is currently in China on an official visit, to 20 years in prison.
Reporting by Ank Kuipers; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Chris Reese