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Haitian lawmakers to debate the arrest and extradition of elected Senator Guy Philippe

Featured Hatian elected Senator Guy Plilippe was extridited to the United States prior to his being able to swear in Hatian elected Senator Guy Plilippe was extridited to the United States prior to his being able to swear in
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 11, CMC – The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, says Parliament will adopt a position on the extradition of Guy Philippe to the United States after he was arrested here last Thursday.

The statement by Chancy comes as supporters of the 48-year-old former rebel turned politician, took to the streets demanding his return to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and condemnation by some legislators of his extradition.

Senator Andris Riché said the arrest and extradition of Philippe, who was elected as a sentor during the November 20 elections last year, is “a hard blow against the democratic institutions of the country because Guy Philippe was elected Senator”.

Riché acknowledged that while Philippe had not yet been sworn in as a legislator, he was nonetheless entitled to “some (immunity) coverage that should spare him this kind of treatment” adding “the country is powerless against this kind of slippages”.

Philippe, 48, 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.

Philippe was ordered held without bond during an initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber of the Southern District of Florida over the last weekend. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2017.

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.

Chancy said the Parliament would soon outline its position on the October 17, 1997 agreement between then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and then Haitian President René Préval regarding the fight against drug trafficking by sea and air and its interpretation.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Grand’Anse, Berson Soljour, is urging US citizens in the area to be extremely careful as protestors condemn the arrest of their representative.

Soljour said many Americans are in the region helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and that some had been evacuated to a police station before being transferred to a United Nations base and later transferred to the capital.

“There are partisan groups of Guy Philippe who actively seek to attack or capture American citizens following the arrest and extradition of their leader,” said Commissioner Soljour, who also reported that there have been street clashes between Philippe supporters and political opponents.

Two police vehicles were burned and several police stations attacked, forcing officers to flee the site.

On Monday, at least 200 demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliamentary denouncing the arrest of Philippe shouting “If we do not get Guy Philippe, we will not need the Parliament”.

Last modified onWednesday, 11 January 2017 19:56
  • Countries: Haiti

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