MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA (sentinel.ht) – Natalie Philippe, the wife of accused drug-trafficker, Guy Philippe, launched a Go Fund Me campaign, late Sunday, calling on compatriots to assist in funding her husband’s legal defense.
The fundraising campaign was launched late Sunday, January 8, 2017 and as of 7 AM EST had already raised more than $3,400 of the requested $40,000 [USD]. It included a message published in Haitian Creole and was followed up, later in the evening, with Mrs. Philippe, from what appeared to be her residence in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin, in a video regarding her efforts.
Good evening, all Haitian People, I am Natalie Philippe, the wife of the Honorably Senator Guy Philippe. I want to thank you for all the support you give my husband. At this time, it is with much gratitude that I am asking for your support, morally and financially, so that we can pay for advocacy that is prepared to defend the rights of Senator Guy Philippe, my husband.
Thank you much for your efforts and your confidence.
May God Bless You and Bless Haiti
Critics of Mr. Philippe, who led the 2004 coup d’etat against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, were quick to direct, indirectly through social media, Mrs. Philippe to her husband’s close political allies, former President Michel Martelly and the incoming President-elect Jovenel Moïse for financial support.
Mr. Philippe was arrested by the Haitian National Police’s Brigade Against the Trafficking of Narcotics (BLTS) on Thursday, January 5, 2017 and was extradited within hours into the custody of the United State Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Following an initial hearing on Friday, January 6, the indictment against Mr. Philippe was unsealed and arraignment would take place on January 13, 2017.
Mr. Philippe had been on the FBI-Miami’s most wanted list since 2005 on drug-trafficking and money laundering charges. In Haiti, he was facing similar charges including summons to be questioned on a June 2016 attack on a police barracks that left an officer dead, several injured and a cache of arms and munitions looted.