Paramaribo (Suriname) (AFP) - Suriname's political opposition called for a criminal probe into whether a son of President Desi Bouterse broke local laws, after the US charged him with attempting to support a terrorist group. The Nieuw Front party on Sunday urged the attorney general to look into the case of Dino Bouterse, 41, after a US indictment Friday charging him with attempting to supply weapons and give a base to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Dino Bouterse, the director of Suriname's anti-terrorism unit, was arrested in Panama in August and extradited to the United States on drug smuggling charges. On Friday in New York he was slapped with additional federal charges of attempting to support Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group.
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A son of Suriname's president invited people he thought were from the Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah to set up a base in his country to attack Americans in exchange for millions of U.S. dollars, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Federal prosecutors who already were pursuing drug charges against Dino Bouterse, a son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse, filed the latest allegation in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. According to a superseding indictment, U.S. authorities recorded conversations Bouterse had with unnamed people and at least one U.S. agent who posed as members of Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The U.S. indictment said Bouterse was willing to allow Hezbollah fighters to have a permanent base in Suriname and agreed to an initial payment of $2 million.
The United States charged the son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse on Friday with attempting to supply weapons to Hezbollah and allow its fighters a base to attack American targets. Dino Bouterse, extradited from Panama to the US in August, already faces charges of plotting to import 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States and of holding an anti-tank weapon during the offense. "Today we add an additional charge of attempting to support Hezbollah to Dino Bouterse's alleged crimes connected to a cocaine-smuggling conspiracy," said US attorney Preet Bharara. He was arrested after a meeting with undercover US agents posing as Hezbollah associates to discuss hosting 30 to 60 Hezbollah members in Suriname for training and operations.
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