Amnesty may end Suriname president's trial

2012-03-20 17:02

Paramaribo - A proposed amnesty could end the long-running murder trial of Suriname President Desi Bouterse, who is accused of presiding over the abduction and killing of 15 political opponents in 1982.

Member's of Bouterse's Mega Combination party introduced amnesty legislation in parliament that would cover the president and former members of the military who are accused in the case.

Party Whip Andre Misiekaba said on state television on Tuesday that he expects the bill to pass before the end of the week.

Bouterse became president of the South American country in a parliamentary vote in 2010, but was a military dictator for much of the 1980s.

Legal proceedings against him began in July 2008 and have been repeatedly stalled.