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Nov 10, 2013

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U.S. prosecutors have charged the son of the president of Suriname with terrorism offenses, saying he agreed to provide heavy weapons and a home base in his South American country to undercover operatives pretending to be with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Dino Bouterse was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in a grand jury indictment unsealed in New York on Friday.

Bouterse, who had been picked by his father to lead a “counterterrorism” unit in Suriname, is already in a U.S. jail and had previously been charged with cocaine trafficking. He was arrested in Panama in August and quickly extradited to the U.S.

One of his lawyers in New York, Florian Miedel, declined to comment on the new charges Friday, saying he needed time to review the allegations.

Prosecutors said Bouterse agreed to accept a multimillion-dollar payoff in exchange for allowing large numbers of Hezbollah fighters to use Suriname as a base for attacking American targets.

The indictment describes a sophisticated international sting in which Bouterse was recorded meeting in Greece and Panama with people posing as Hezbollah agents and Mexican drug traffickers. In reality, they were actually confidential sources and undercover agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the indictment said.

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