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Guy Philippe and 16 charged for Les Cayes terror attack

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – Haitian criminal investigators charged DEA fugitive and Senatorial Candidate, Guy Philippe, and 16 other individuals for the attack on the Les Cayes Departmental Police Station in May, that left one police officer dead and 5 others injured.

The Office of Criminal Affairs (BAC) forwarded a report on its investigation, which took a month and a half, to the Court of First Instance of Les Cayes on June 29, 2016.

In its report, the BAC cited 5 individuals that were already arrested and charged for “acts of terrorism, assault on the State, murder, attempted murder, grand theft auto and arms, illegal arms, usurpation of title and criminal association”. These individuals are Pierre Bremus Dureus, Jean Ceance, Mercideau Douyon, Claudy Charles, Wilnord Dary and Jean Claude Alcenat.

The report urged the court issue arrest warrants for Guy Philippe, a sentorial candidate in the Grand’Anse, as well as 11 others for their involvement in planning and/or carrying out the attack that has been characterized as terrorism. Philippe, a member of the Tet Kale sector of former President Michel Martelly who has endorsed Jovenel Moise for president, and has received Moise’s endorsement for senator, has denied his involvement.

Others implicated and urged for arrest are, Yves Jeudy, Michel Alophene Lafalaise, Joseph Willy, Camy, Ricot, Vital Aslin, Marcekus Delande, Tekeus Joseph Remy, Komandan Cedras, Komandan Renard, Ketelie, Jean Marc, Athanael Joseph, Rony Wesdmy, Ti Mousson, Renald St Villier, Cenay and Komandan Desire.

Actions attributed to Philippe

The report alleges that Guy Philippe, the coup leader of 2004, had met with the individuals as a group on May 15, the night before the attack. They conspired to dress as soldiers of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FADH) and to attack the police barracks and loot it of arms and munitions. Their ultimate plans, made in the town of Pestel, where Guy Philippe resides, were for the aims of destabilizing the administration of Jocelerme Privert and overthrowing it.

Guy Philippe made declarations on Haitian radio stations in the weeks leading up to the attack that he would enter into rebellion against the State, if Provisional President Jocelerme Privert did not resign on May 14, 2016. One of the May 16 attackers who was arrested on the scene had cited Philippe as the architect of the attack, “who sent them”.

Guy Philippe has since backtracked on his declarations of rebellion. He has been invited to the Court on numerous occasions but has delayed, stalled and ultimately not appeared before justice officials after 3 scheduled appointments.

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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.