JEREMIE, Grand’Anse, HT (sentinel.ht) – Former coup leader, fugitive drug-trafficker and candidate for Senate, Guy Philippe did not respond to his second convocation by justice official regarding the attack on a Les Cayes police barrack on May 16, 2016.
The first request by Government Commissioner Roosevelt Zamor at the Court of First Instance in Jérémie was made for May 24. Lawyers for Philippe asked for a 15-day delay and the convocation was scheduled for June 7. This second convocation was missed without notice given to justice officials.
Lawyers for Guy Philippe have argued that as a candidate for the senate he can not be subjected to judicial pursuits unless caught red-handed. Indeed this is an article of the Electoral Decree, but the decree also prohibits one, a fugitive of justice of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for transnational crimes, to be a candidate.
After armed men stormed a police barrack in the town of Aux Cayes and left one officer dead, 5 others wounded, arms and ammunition were looted from the department’s cache.
Two assailants were killed at the scene and another three died trying to escape. One was arrested but died while in police custody. The arrested attacker told journalists that Guy Philippe had sent them.
Philippe had sworn to go into rebellion against Provisional President Jocelerme Privert if he did not resign on May 14, 2016. He has denied involvement in the Les Cayes attack.
Haitian officials opened an investigation into the attack but no new arrests have been made.