Suriname president’s son, Dino Bouterse, to go on trial in October
The trial of Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse, who was arrested on drug related charges, terrorism and weapons trafficking allegations is due to begin on October 6.
Dino Bouterse was arrested in Panama on August 29 and whisked off to the United States where he has been in custody since.
According to the initial indictment, Bouterse had been charged with shipping 10 kilogrammes of cocaine from Suriname to Miami and intercepted by US law enforcement officials. He was also charged with trafficking of weapons and US prosecutors later on added on a terrorism charge.
Last year, Manhattan District Attorney Preet Bharara said that Bouterse was planning to support the Hezbollah, the Shi’a Islamic militant group and political party based in Lebanon, in launching attacks on the United States.