The President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the execution of 15 political opponents in 1982.

He is currently in China and has within two weeks to appeal against the decision.

Desi was found guilty of planning and ordering the extrajudicial execution of the 15 people.

He claimed the victims who included lawyers, union leaders and journalists were shot while trying to escape a colonial-era fortress in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.

Desi led Suriname during the 1980s as head of a military government and the de facto leader.

He took office as President in 2010 following Democratic election and was re-elected for another term in 2015