Haiti PM orders arrest warrant against Aristide

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Haiti PM orders arrest warrant against Aristide

Post by » Fri Nov 12, 2004 8:40 pm

Haiti PM orders arrest warrant against Aristide
13 Nov 2004 00:05:51 GMT

Source: Reuters

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said on Friday he ordered his justice minister to obtain an arrest warrant on corruption charges against ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Latortue, installed as the head of an interim government after the bloody rebellion that forced Aristide into exile in February, made the announcement as he formed a committee to investigate possible misappropriation of public funds and other acts of corruption by the Aristide government.

"I gave (Justice Minister Bernard Gousse) the order and I expect the warrant to be issued," Latortue told reporters.

Latortue and other Haitian officials have publicly accused Aristide of corruption, but no charges have been filed and no
evidence made public against the former Roman Catholic priest, who remains hugely popular among many of Haiti's poorest citizens.

Under Haitian law, only judges have the power to issue arrest warrants.

Aristide, who led a populist uprising that helped oust the Duvalier family dictatorship in the mid-1980s, first came to power in the poor Caribbean nation in 1991 as its first freely elected president.

Ousted by the military a few months later, he was returned to the presidency by U.S.-led troops in 1994. Elected again in 2000, he was accused of despotism and corruption and forced into exile in South Africa after a revolt by street gangs and former soldiers and under pressure from the United States and France.

Latortue said if the warrant was not issued by Monday, he would write to Gousse to renew the order and set a deadline. He said he had issued the same order two months ago.

"This is something we should have done a long time ago and the time has come," said Latortue, call
ing on the international community, particularly Washington and Paris, to cooperate with Haiti's interim authorities in the fight against corruption.

Latortue appointed a five-member investigative committee led by Paul Denis, one of Aristide's fiercest opponents, to investigate the Aristide government from the beginning of his term in February 2001 to his departure on Feb. 29.

Denis, a leader of the Democratic Convergence coalition of political parties that opposed Aristide, vowed to carry out the investigation with "order, method and impartiality."

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Post by admin » Sat Nov 13, 2004 11:35 am

Is this a brilliant move or what?

A couple of days after Amnesty International issues a damning report on continued, grave, and worsening human rights violations in Haiti under the U.S. appointed government...

amid reports of mind-boggling corruption within his own inner circle, matching in scope the greed and incompetence attributed to the toppled constitutional government...

and now re-assured of 4 more years of persistent ill will from the U.S. toward Self-Determining American Democracies...

Haiti's freshly installed Operating System Supervisor ("Latortue", version 1.1) thinks the time is propitious to flash its trump card: a warrant for the arrest of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

But for Haiti's NFOS (Noriega-Foley Operating System) Supervisor, this may come as too litle, too late. Your patron is too preoccupied with face saving maneuvers for the deteriorating Iraqi situation right
now to engage in diplomatic warfare with Africa's most stable democracy on your behalf. The French, similarly, have their hands full in Côte d'Ivoire. Best bet for you is to concentrate on visiting Friends of your government like Paul Martin and who knows, Jacques Chirac or one of Bush's imperial delegates, to close out this year-long un-celebration of Haiti's bicentennial. And think of the list of invitees to next January 1's reloaded bicentennial festivities. Without too much effort, you could get many to come, such as: Jean-Claude Duvalier, Michelle Bennet, Raoul Cedras, Philippe Biamby, Michel Francois, Toto Constant and others, to partake with Williams Regala, Jean Tatoune, Winter Etienne, Louis-Jodel Chamblain, Guy Philippe, Remissainthe Ravix and other freedom fighters. Of course, you should designate your Injustice Minister, Bernard Gousse, to say grace and your nephew Yuri to carve the turkey. Don't forget to leave some crumbs to be distributed to Father Jean-Juste's children at Saint Cla
ire's Church and the former government ministers languishing in jail for crimes that they will one day be charged with. All of that you can do, without a war of words with South Africa's and Haiti's elected presidents. You have the power now (within the constraints of the operating system, to be sure). Show that you can use it gracefully and not in pointless recriminations that can no longer hide the awful truth.

Otherwise, Maxine Waters may just show up for dinner.

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