Dino Bouterse: Bad apple in the Big Apple?
The following story reads like the script for a double episode of a crime show. Its 100% similarity with actual persons and events is the responsibility of those involved.
In the prequel: father serves in the Dutch Army, then goes home to the former Dutch colony of by-then-independent Suriname (1975). Takes part in a bloody coup d’état called the Sergeants’ Coup (1980). Leads a military regime for eleven years, handpicking nominal rulers of the country. While in power as leader of the junta, he is accused of having personally ordered or condoned some dreadful things, including the execution of his political opponents and revolting villagers. He heavily restricts political freedoms and even closes down the University of Suriname. To top this all off, he is, in 1999, sentenced to eleven years in abstentia in the Netherlands for involvement in the cocaine trade. An international arrest warrant is issued for him but he manages to avoid getting caught, and is, in 2010, elected as President of his sovereign country of Suriname.
That is Dési Bouterse’s story. End of Part One – to be continued.
Father has a son, and in the awesome second part we see son Dino get involved in the drugs trade himself, busted eventually in Panama after he offers US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents, posing as Hezbollah operatives, assistance with setting up a training site for Hezbollah in Suriname, in return for $2 million. Even obtains a false Surinamese passport for one of the people who approach him, as eventually he himself admits in court in New York (two days ago).
Dino Bouterse, a former official of the Surinamese government as head of anti-terrorism, seemed to have an inclination to take “anti-terrorism” matters into his own hands (source of the photo, with context)
Father (and President) Dési, “shocked” to hear of his son’s arrest, now says “My son is responsible for his own actions.”
Father and son (photo: AP).