Suriname Orders Probe Into Counterterror Chief's Hezbollah Ties

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 11:35 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Opposition groups in Suriname have called for a criminal investigation into the local activities of a son of President Desi Bouterse after he was indicted in the United States for supporting Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Naharnet.com reported.
 
Representatives of the Nieuw Front party urged Suriname’s attorney general to examine whether Dino Bouterse, director of the country’s anti-terror activities, violated local laws in the wake of Friday’s announcement of his indictment in New York on terror-support charges.
 
In August, the younger Bouterse was arrested in Panama. He was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges.
 
According to Friday’s indictment, he was arrested after meeting purported Hezbollah associates who were actually U.S. agents. Bouterse was given millions of dollars to allow as many as 60 Hezbollah members into Suriname for operations and training.
 
He is also accused of beginning to decide what cover stories could be used to enable these operatives to infiltrate the United States.
 
Dino Bouterse was convicted and imprisoned in Suriname in 2005 for cocaine and weapons trafficking charges. Sentenced to eight years, he was released after serving three and subsequently was named director of the country’s Counter Terrorist Unit, MercoPress reported
 
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