Suriname. According to
countryaah, Siegfried Gilds, former Minister of Commerce
under President Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, was sentenced in
early May to 12 months in prison for illegal money
laundering and bribery by a Paramaribo court. The incident
attracted extra attention because Gilds made himself known
as a sworn enemy to illegal money laundering during his time
as minister. Gilds is said to have helped a relative in the
Netherlands who was involved in drug smuggling.
An even more notable case during the year was the charge
against former dictator Desi Bouterse, who is charged with
murder committed during his time as head of state in the
1980s. The case was resumed at the beginning of the year
after a lengthy stay because Bouterse did not approve one of
the judgments in the case.