Four arrests over weapons theft

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, May 30, 2007 – An army officer who reported a number of missing hand grenades was among four arrested by military police for the theft.

The Surinamese National Army said that it was normal procedure to detain the person making the report.

Last week the man reported seven hand grenades missing from a border post near French Guiana.

The army said its investigation led them to three other officers who were in charge of the Stoelsmanseiland military posts at various times over the last three months.

At the time of its release, the grenades had not been recovered but the army said it was confident that the weapons would be retrieved.

This is the second incident since a quantity of ammunition and grenades were stolen in early 2006 from an army barracks close to the country’s international airport, about 1 hour from the capital.

The army had since arrested and tried a number of soldiers in connection with the heist of the 700 rounds of machine gun ammunition 180 hand grenades. Some of the munitions were retrieved.