PARAMARIBO, Suriname – The director of the Office of National Security in Suriname says that the son of the country's president had been quietly removed from his post at a counter-terrorism unit long before his arrest and extradition to the United States.
Melvin Linscheer says in a radio interview that Dino Bouterse was involved in the start-up of the country's Counter Terrorism Unit in 2010. But Linscheer says he was removed amid public criticism soon thereafter. His removal was never publicly announced. The official spoke in an interview Tuesday with state-owned Radio SRS.
Dino Bouterse was arrested in Panama on Thursday and quickly extradited to New York to face weapons and drug charges. The arrest came as President Desi Bouterse hosted a summit of South American nations in the former Dutch colony.