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Yearbook 1998

Suriname. During the year, human rights organizations and the opposition pressured President Jules Wijdenbosch to demand responsibility for the abuses committed in the 1980s, including by Desi Bouterse who was then the country's strong man. According to Countryaah, Bouterse is accused by the Netherlands of having "laundered" drug money and smuggled more than 1.3 tons of cocaine into the Netherlands in 1989-95. He is believed to have had an agreement with Colombian guerrillas on the exchange of cocaine for weapons.

1998 Suriname

In July, the Netherlands demanded that Bouterse be extradited from Trinidad and Tobago where he was visiting, and in August a similar request was made to Brazil, where he visited his son who works at the Embassy of Suriname.

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