The Surinamese ex-president Desi Bouterse made a statement to the court-martial on Monday about his sentencing to 20 years in prison for the murder of fifteen opponents of the military regime in December 1982.
Bouterse was army leader at the time of these so-called December murders.
Because Bouterse never appeared at his trial, he could not appeal, but he was able to file an appeal.
The substantive treatment of this resistance case will start on Monday after the former president had also not appeared at a previous session.
Court-martial Cynthia Valstein-Montnor then agreed to his cancellation but made it clear that she would not accept any further delay. This means that if Bouterse does not show up on Monday, the sentence of twenty years in prison is final.