Thursday, June 29, 2017

Les Cayes attack: Guy Philippe summoned by court

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Haiti Sentinel

JEREMIE, Grand’Anse, HT (sentinel.ht) – Prosecutors in the city of Jeremie have summoned Guy Philippe to the Court of First Instance to respond to investigators about the attack on the police station in Les Cayes Monday, May 16, 2016.

The 2004 coup leader and DEA fugitive is also a candidate for senate and for this reason, many see it as unlikely that Guy Philippe would respond to the summons. Even as candidates, members of parliament are afforded some immunity from judicial pursuits.

Philippe had sworn to go into rebellion against the government and overthrow it in the days leading up to the attack in Aux Cayes. Furthermore, one of the attackers arrested had told journalists it was Philippe who had sent them.

The military man has denied having authored the attack. In Pestel, Philippe has called for citizens of this town to assist him in a standoff if police were to attempt arrest.

It deserves noting that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has Guy Philippe listed among its fugitives of justice on its website. Haiti has had since 1904 an extradition treaty with the United States but it is not clear if drug-trafficking is among the crimes warranting.

None the less, the Electoral Decree of 2015, Guy Philippe should not have been permitted by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont to be a candidate for any seat in the Haitian republic until his matters with justice were resolved. Many other candidate hopefuls were disqualified for crimes less severe, harder to find and that did not take place in Haiti.

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