By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
A former coup leader, convicted drug trafficker and accused murderer was sworn in as Suriname's president Thursday, and shop owner Sunil Oemrawsingh was so appalled he couldn't even watch the ceremony - or understand why so few of his countrymen agreed with him.
"Has he changed? I hope so," said Henri Behr, a management consultant whose younger brother - a muckraking journalist and violinist in Suriname's symphony orchestra with two young children - was abducted and executed by Bouterse's soldiers. "I'd like to think he will be different, but perhaps that's being naive."