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Les Cayes attack: Guy Philippe asks 15 days for court appearance

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – Continuing to deny involvement in the attack on the police station in Les Cayes, Guy Philippe and his counsel, Monday, requested 15 days to respond to the request by the Court of First Instance in Jeremie, Grand’Anse, on the matter.

A summons was issued for the senatorial candidate and DEA fugitive to appear before the court on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Philippe has hired Reynold Georges as his lawyer in the matter and on Monday Georges said his client needs 15 days to make the audience.

The 2004 coup leader, Philippe, made a number of declarations in the press in the lead up to the early Monday morning, May 16, 2016 attack. In his declarations he promised to go into rebellion and overthrow President Jocelerme Privert if he did not resign on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

That Monday morning, before dawn, men dressed in olive green military uniforms stormed the barracks of the departmental police station leaving one officer dead and five others injured. They ransacked the munitions cache leaving with arms and ammunition.

Three of the assailants died trying to flee the scene when their vehicle overturned and tumbled into a ravine. Two others will killed on the premises and one was arrested. The arrested attacker had told journalists that he was sent by Philippe but has since died in police custody.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.