PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Senator-elect Guy Philippe was placed on a plane and flown to Florida but before the extradition, Senate President Ronald Lareche (Nord-Est/Verite) and other sitting lawmakers attempted to see and perhaps stop his departure. They were blocked by the agents of the specialized force, Brigade Against the Trafficking of Narcotics (BLTS).
Senator Lareche, who presides over the National Assembly, was accompanied by several lawmakers but were not allowed to see Guy Philippe nor meet with the Director General of the National Police, Michel-Ange Gedeon. As well, Government Commissioner for Port-au-Prince Danton Leger and Justice Minister, Camille Edouard Jr., have not been able to be reached by phone.
The arrest of Guy Philippe, who has been wanted for drug-trafficking for nearly a decade, appears to have been well coordinated. It is sparking a debate within the Haitian community online. Some are calling the arrest and transfer a “kidnapping”, liking it to what France did to the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture.