Suriname. On August 30, the same day President Desi
Bouterse hosted a South American summit in Paramaribo, his
son Dino was questioned by New York City police officers on
drug and weapons smuggling after being extradited from
Panama. Both charges can lead to life imprisonment. Dino
Bouterse has previously been imprisoned in Suriname for
Countryaah, President Bouterse himself has been convicted in his
absence by a Dutch court for cocaine smuggling and is also
accused of serious human rights violations during his time
as a powerholder in the 1980s. Later, Dutch media reported
that US authorities have evidence of a link between
President Bouterse and neighboring country Guyana's drug
king Roger Khan.
Economically, Suriname was one of the strongest growing
countries in the region during the year, with up to 5%
growth, mainly based on favorable commodity prices as
Suriname's most important export commodity gold.
International credit rating agencies projected an equally
high growth rate over the next three years. In April, an
investment agreement was signed with the Malaysian oil
company Petronas worth $ 25 million.