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Extradition hearing for Surinamese national resumes today

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Port of Spain (CMC):The extradition hearing of a Surinamese national charged in the United States (US) with Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, is due to resume in court today.

Bouterse, 41, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last week in the United States to charges of attempting to aid the Lebanese paramilitary group, Hezbollah, and conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

He also pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.

Bouterse, who faces a sentence of between 15 years and life in prison, was accused of inviting people he believed to be from Hezbollah to establish a base in Suriname to attack Americans, in exchange for an initial two million US dollar payment.

Edward Muntslag, with whom he was jointly charged for conspiring to smuggle 10 kilos of cocaine into the US, is fighting his extradition to the US from Trinidad and Tobago. He was arrested at a shopping mall here on August 29 last year.

US law enforcement officials have charged both Bouterse and Muntslag of participating in the transportation of a suitcase with the drugs from Suriname to an unnamed Caribbean island aboard a commercial flight in July, last year.