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Commission Set to Reform Haitian Criminal Law

M NH

Haiti Beat Writer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – On Monday, the Ministry of Justice announced the establishment of a commission of five who will review and reform the criminal laws in Haiti.

Lawyers Jean Joseph Exumé, Sibylle Théard Mevs, Jean Wendal, René Magloire and Florence Mathieu are the 5 members belonging to the Committee on Criminal Law Reform installed Monday, September 12 by the Minister of Justice, Camille Edouard Jr.

“There is a need to constantly adapt the law, all the rules that govern, penalizing the action or inaction of a society over a new crime” attempts to justify the Minister Edouard in his speech of circumstance

This structure including former Minister of Justice, Joseph Exumé, as its president, is to consult all stakeholders at the state bodies, civil society, both locally and in the diaspora to legitimize its work before that they are not adopted and implemented.

“This is for us the commission to propose any measures likely to facilitate adoption by the parliament of the codes of any other law to enable criminal reform” said Mr. Exumé.

An inefficient administration and riddled with corruption have always been the great handicap to the reform as advocated for years has outbid the president of the commission.

René Magloire, Jean Vandal and Sibylle Théard Mevs also were part of the previous Commission on the reform of justice established in 2012 and has produced a preliminary draft Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure.

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