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Lawyers want charges dropped against Suriname president's son

Published:Sunday | March 30, 2014 | 5:32 PM

NEW YORK, Mar 30, CMC – Lawyers representing the son of Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse are moving to have the case against him dismissed.



The lawyers have filed a 30-page affidavit in the Court of the Southern District of New York, arguing that United States law enforcement authorities misrepresented their case when they had Dino Bouterse, 41, extradited from Panama where he had been arrested.



The lawyers claim that Washington also unlawfully added terrorism charges to his indictment on illegal gun running charges.



The younger Bouterse was arrested in Panama on August 29 2013, initially on drugs and weapons charges, and later on charges that he was forging ties with terrorist group Hezbollah.



According to the US authorities in their terrorism indictment on November 9 last year Dino Bouterse had been caught on tape offering his services to purported members of Hezbollah in return for an initial two million US dollar pay-off he expected to come from Iran.



Prior to indictment, the US said Bouterse shipped 10 kilograms of cocaine from Suriname to the United States and brandished firearms. It turned out later that the purported Hezbollah members he had been meeting were agents of the US Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA).



Bouterse could face up to life in prison if convicted on the charges.



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