PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Senator-elect Guy Philippe (Grand’Anse/Consortium) was placed in police custody on Thursday afternoon in front of the radio station Scoop FM, confirmed journalists on the scene.
It is being reported that there may possibly be a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) plane on stand by in the Dominican Republic that will arrest and take Guy Philippe to the United States where he has been a fugitive, over the past decade, of the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for drug-trafficking. According to another source, Mr. Philippe has already been taken on a Cessna-122 airplane that is on its way to Florida.
Reports are that Mr. Philippe entered Port-au-Prince on Wednesday after finalized election results were published making him Senator of the Grand’Anse under the party Consortium. The leader of the 2004 coup d’etat against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been holed up in the small town of Jeremie, Grand’Anse over the years where he had built himself a stronghold of heavily armed men.
A Member of Parliament, in fact a candidate for a parliamentary seat, cannot be arrested unless caught in the act of a crime. The arrest of Mr. Philippe will likely spark controversy regarding the sovereignty of Haiti despite the arrest being warranted.
On Thursday, Mr. Philippe, who also served as Chief of Police in the 90s, was invited to be a guest on Ayiti Debat on Scoop FM. During the broadcast, automatic fire of gunshots were heard and the broadcast abruptly came to an end.
Officers of the Haitian National Police’s Brigade for the Fight against Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs (BLTS) unit were drawn into exchange with Guy Philippe’s bodyguards and at least one officer was shot according to reports. BLTS took Philippe into custody.