News You Really Need To See: “Suriname Leader’s Son Pleads Guilty”

“Suriname Leader’s Son Pleads Guilty”

The Washington Post, August 30, 2014, p.A3

The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty Friday to charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.  Dino Bouterse, once picked by his father to lead a counter-terrorism unit in Suriname, told a judge in federal court in Manhattan that as part of the scheme he provided a false Surinamese passport to a person he believed was a Hezbollah operative.  He also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges.  The guilty plea came a year after Bouterse’s arrest in Panama on charges he conspired to smuggle cocaine into the United States.  He had already been extradited and jailed in the United States when authorities added terrorism charges to his case.  Those charges accused him of agreeing to accept a multimillion-dollar payoff in exchange for allowing large numbers of Hezbollah fighters to use Suriname as a base for attacking American targets.”

Quickie Analysis:  “Suriname” and “Hezbollah” are not two things that normally go together.

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