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Leader of foiled coup executed in Surinam

Sgt. Maj. Wilfred Hawker, accused of heading a coup attempt in Surinam last week, was shot by a firing squad, the country's military leader said.

Lt. Col. Daysi Bouterse said that Hawker was executed after a one-day trial. Hawker had been serving a five-year prison term for leading a revolt against the military government in March 1981.

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Surinam, on South America's northeast coast, became independent from the Netherlands in 1975. The Dutch government condemned the execution, saying Hawker was not charged or given a trial.

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