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Court martial decision process December murders continue

Court martial decision process December murders continue

The court martial in Suriname has decided that the towing process against Desi Bouterse concerning the December murders continue.

After the judgment that the process continues, the public prosecutor, the strafeis go read it. It is not yet clear whether that also Monday immediately happens.

Judge Cynthia Valstein-Montnor had to decide whether the already hardened process continues or not. They would this on november 30, already do, but due to illness of one of the judges went to that session.

By the decision of the court martial was, according to journalists on Twitter, a small group of relatives of the victims present.

Military regime

The case revolves around the murders of fifteen prominent Surinamese and opponents of the then military regime of Desi Bouterse, committed on december 8, 1982. Bouterse is the main suspect in the case, but in the meantime, also the president of the country.

The decision of the court martial is a big line through his account. Bouterse has always tried his judgment in the nine-year process to thwart.

Article 148

On 30 June last year commanded Bouterse, the Public Prosecutor, by virtue of his position of president, the process to stop. He used for this article 148 of the Constitution. This article gives him, as head of state the space as a command to give as the security of the state is in danger.

Bouterse had this dynamic campaign because the judge in June 2016, had decided the controversial amnesty law is not applicable to the December murders and so to continue with the criminal proceedings. Also the amnesty bill by the Surinamese parliament adopted in 2012, had as a goal the process to stop.

Summary: The December Murders

In the morning of 8 december 1982, of fifteen prominent opponents of the regime of Desi Bouterse arrested.
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The suspects are to Fort Zeelandia, the former Dutch fort that served as headquarters of the commander-in-chief and couppleger Bouterse.
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On 8 and 9 december, the victims were shot at Bastion Veere, one of the open spaces at Fort Zeelandia.
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After the execution gives Bouterse a statement in which he says that during christmas night, a coup took place, which is fast and harmless had to be made.
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The Dutch Lawyers Committee for human Rights (NJCM) reports in February 1983 on the basis of eyewitness reports details about the mutilated bodies, almost all of which traces exhibit heavy assaults.
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This event is a black page in Suriname and in the Surinamese in the Netherlands.
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Timeline: 33 years December murders Suriname

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