Suriname: Bouterse wants to make use of the right to remain silent

Desi Bouterse said this morning that he wanted to exercise his right to remain silent in his resistance case when he was asked why he had resisted. The Court-Martial has accepted this request. The case has been postponed to May 31.

Bouterse’s lawyer, Irvin Kanhai and judge-officer Manro Danning indicated during the hearing that they did not need to call witnesses. Bouterse told the Court Martial that he sticks to all previous statements made.

The process has thus entered a new phase. The handling of this case is thus coming to an end. It is up to the defense on 31 May. The hearing may be closed in court on May 31, says the surviving relatives’ lawyer, Hugo Essed.


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