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.
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.