January 26, 2013
Brian Concannon – (some cynics suggest he is, and has been paid directly, or indirectly by Aristide, for services rendered)– has arrived in Haiti to act “as an adviser” to local lawyers in a witch hunt against Josue Pierre Louis, and through him, President Michel Martelly. Concannon has published what must be described as a “self-serving” article on rape in Haiti with a focus upon the Josue Pierre Louis fiasco. The following is a direct quote from the article in which he discusses the advances of prosecuting rape in Haiti:
Quote “These advances in enforcing the rights of victims of gender-based violence faced a test
as 2012 came to a close, when one of Haiti’s most powerful officials–Josué Pierre-Louis—
was charged with rape against Marie-Danielle Bernardin. Mr. Pierre-Louis is one of Haiti’s
most powerful and experienced officials.
He is currently the President of the national Electoral Council, after having served as the Minister of Justice, General Director of the Ministry of Justice, Chief Prosecutor of the Port-au-Prince trial and appeals courts and Academic Director of the Magistrate’s Academy. He is also a high-profile counselor to President Michel Martelly. Ms.
Bernardin was, until she made the rape accusations in November, employed by the Ministry of the Interior as assistant to Pierre-Louis at the Electoral Council.
I have collaborated with Josué several times over the past dozen years, on the Raboteau Massacre trial and the case against Jean-Claude Duvalier, among others. On a personal level, I was sad to see him involved in this incident. But Ms. Bernardin’s accusations are credible, so on a professional level I am eager to see Haiti’s justice system pursue them fairly and aggressively.” Unquote
In his self-serving article, Brian Concannon claims a responsibility for the Kangaroo Court, involved with the non-event in Raboteau, during April of 1994. Sitting judges, at the time, refused to hear the case, saying there was no crime. Aristide found someone to pursue the concept with a goal of finding General Cedras, and anyone associated with him, guilty of murder, parking violations and other crimes against society.
Now that Concannon is on the scene, we will dig into our files and revisit the Robateau Fiasco as it really happened (actually didn’t happen) since the entire thing involved nothing more than an Aristide/Lavalas attack on the local PNH Casserne in Gonaives. One injury was reported but representatives, of the American embassy, could never find the lady for an interview.
However, where has Concannon been since the La Scierie Massacre, of 2004, in which Aristide’s personal helicopter, flown by Aristide intimate, and personal pilot, Frantz Gabriel, was used to machine-gun peasants in the St. Marc area, as Aristide terrorists, personally directed by Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert, shot and killed people, on the ground? Homes were set on fire. An elderly couple, in their eighties, by the name of Paultre, were burned to death.
Perhaps, while he is here “advising people about human rights violations” Concannon can demand action for the people of La Scierie. But, of course, that would be expecting too much. It does not meet with Concannon’s agenda.
He is here to create problems for the Martelly government –and promote Aristide/Lavalas – plain and simple.
Concannon seems to have a selective conscience that sees him act for pro-Lavalas/Aristide factions, while overlooking the realities of real crimes, perpetrated by Lavalas terrorists.
We personally think that Josué Pierre-Louis is an unsavory piece of garbage, and his choice for a position, on the CEP, was a bad one. However, having said that, we believe that Marie-Danielle Bernardin leaves a lot to be desired. There is an old Irish saying… “As God makes them, he matches them…” and this proverb fits Pierre-Louis and Bernardin. They were really meant for each other.
Some Haitian insiders suggest that the lady was paid a large sum for her testimony.
Some say that Concannon is here as a part of the Aristide/ Lavalas campaign to destabilize Democracy so the Aristide’s Lavalas dictatorship can regain power.
In the interests of fairness, and Justice, we would suggest a simple approach to the situation.
Simple yes or no questions.
Mr. Concannon, have you been paid an amount of more than $50,000 American dollars by Aristide – directly, or indirectly?
Mr. Concannon is Half Hour for Haiti paid for directly, or indirectly by Aristide?
Mr. Concannon, are you here directly, or indirectly on behalf of Aristide/Lavalas in pursuing the case against Josue Pierre-Louis?
Mr. Concannon, do you believe that the Robateau Massacre actually happened, or was it a lie, created for Aristide/Lavalas goals?
And for the lady,
Marie-Danielle Bernardin, were you actually raped by Josue Pierre-Louis?
Marie-Danielle Bernardin, how long were you Josue Pierre- Louis’ mistress?
Marie-Danielle Bernardin, were you paid to press charges against your lover Josue Pierre-Louis? If so, how much and by whom.
This simple approach will take this political fiasco and force some honesty into the situation.
If the lady’s answers show she has been paid she should be charged criminally, along with those who paid her.
Perhaps we are wrong, but we believe Concannon’s answers will show that he has been a long-time hired gun for Aristide/Lavalas gang.