The son of Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse was arrested Thursday by U.S agents in Panama and he is facing possible extradition to the United States on reported drug trafficking allegations and charges.
Surinamese media reported on Friday that the U.S Authorities have informed the Surinamese Government, that the President’s son Dino Bouterse was arrested when he arrived in Panama to set up arms trade agreements for Suriname.
Media reports out of Suriname indicate that this is not the first time that the young Bouterse has found himself facing the courts. He has served time in the past for drug trafficking, arms smuggling and using a false passport.
The announcement of the arrest came just as the Surinamese President welcomed Heads of Government from across South America to a special UNASUR meeting. UNASUR is the Union of South American Nations which pushes trade in the region. Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar is attending the meeting.
There are reports that the U.S has taken steps to beef up security at its embassy in Paramaribo following the arrest of the President’s son.