The son of Suriname’s president has been charged by the United States with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.
Dino Bouterse was allegedly paid millions of dollars to provide a base and weapons for Hezbollah fighters. The Shia militants were planning attacks on the US and the Netherlands, Suriname’s former colonial ruler, US prosecutors say.
The son of President Desi Bouterse was extradited from Panama in August. He had already been charged with trying to smuggle cocaine and weapons into the United States.
Mr Bouterse could be sentenced to life in jail for the drugs and weapons smuggling charges and to up to 15 years for the terrorism-related accusations.
The Suriname president’s son insists he is innocent, but his lawyers have not yet reacted to the latest charges.
The US authorities say they have recorded meetings of Mr Bouterse with undercover agents and informants posing as Hezbollah operatives in Panama and in Greece.
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