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HAITI-Extradited former police chief Guy Philippe pleads not guilty

Featured Guy Philippe, the former police chief and rebel turned politician, has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug smuggling and money laundering when he appeared in a Federal Court Friday. Guy Philippe, the former police chief and rebel turned politician, has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug smuggling and money laundering when he appeared in a Federal Court Friday.
MIAMI, Jan 13, CMC – Guy Philippe, the former rebel turned politician, has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug smuggling and money laundering when he appeared in a Federal Court Friday, one week after he was extradited from Haiti to face the allegations.

Attorney Zeljka Bozanic, who is one of two attorneys representing the 48-year old Philippe, said she would not now ask the court to place her client on a bond, but he could do so later, although the public prosecutor wants him  to remain under arrest,

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The charges carry a maximum life prison sentence and when Philippe, who was elected as a senator in the November 20, legislative elections in Haiti last year, appeared in court he was gree4ted by dozens of supporters who packed federal courthouse.

The former police chief, who played a a key part in the  2004 uprising that ousted then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was indicted in the United States in 2005 on one count of conspiracy to import narcotics; one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and one substantive count of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity.

He was ordered held without bond during an initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber of the Southern District of Florida last weekend.

According to the indictment, from approximately 1997 through 2001, Philippe conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

Phillipe was arrested on January 5 in Port au Prince as he left a radio station and was extradited the same night.

Ever since his arrest supporters of the newly elected senator of the Department of Grande Anse, have been staging daily demonstrations demanding his return.

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