Foster son of Suriname's president arrested for alleged role in deadly botched armed robbery
PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Police in Suriname say a foster son of President Desi Bouterse has turned himself over to authorities for his alleged participation in a botched armed robbery that resulted in two people being killed and five wounded.
Police say 33-year-old Romano Meriba was the registered owner of one of the cars used in last Monday's incident. He previously was convicted in a 2005 killing and served six years of a 15-year prison sentence.
The president's 43-year-old son, Dino Bouterse, is serving a 16-year sentence in the United States on drug trafficking charges.
Desi Bouterse has been Suriname's elected president since 2010, returning to power after ruling the South American country as a dictator in the 1980s. The Netherlands convicted him in absentia on drug trafficking charges in 1999.