SURINAME Desi Bouterse, prime suspect in the 8 decemberproces, Monday the opportunity the last to speak during a session of the court martial. Then the treatment of the criminal proceedings against him ended. Or he will make use of this right to the last word is not known. In the past eighteen years in which the Surinamese court martial in this case treated, Bouterse never personally been present. He was always represented by his lawyer.
Bouterse on archive photo.
Except Bouterse also get the suspects Jimmy Stolk and Etienne Boerenveen Monday the right to have the last word. Against Bouterse and Boerenveen the Public Prosecutor (OM) twenty years of cell required for Stolk is acquittal prompted. These suspects, and 22 others are justified because of the suspicion of involvement in the killing of fifteen prominent Surinamese and opponents of Bouterse, in december 1982. Of the 25 suspects are in the last years 5 death.
According to the lawyer Hugo Essed the court martial, after any last word of Bouterse, Boerenveen and Stolk, assess the guilt or innocence of these defendants and then, with a judgment to come. Also the other defendants get the right to have the last word, but there is still no date is known. Their case is still in a different stage of treatment.
Essed acts as the representative of the relatives of the victims of the murders in 1982.