AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (CMC) —The Dutch Government says it will not seek the arrest of Suriname President Desi Bouterse during his trip to South Africa to attend the funeral of that country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela on Sunday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans said that while Bouterse’s court sentence remains, “it cannot be executed as long as he is president”.
Bouterse was convicted in absentia in 1999 and given an 11-year jail term. He has consistently denied involvement in cocaine trafficking and managed to evade arrest and prison time by not travelling internationally until he became president in 2010.
Since his swearing in he has travelled extensively, but never through this country.
The Netherlands, which has relentlessly pursued him, has given mixed signals in recent years since he became head of state.
The Netherlands has gone from initially saying that Bouterse Continue reading