Recall that former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, accused of “illicit drug trafficking, embezzlement of public funds, forfeiture, concussion and money laundering,” who had not presented Wednesday before Judge Lamarre Belizaire, is since Thursday within the scope of a warrant under the law (Article 30/77 of the Criminal Procedure Code)
Following the issuance of the mandate, Ansyto Félix of the Commission of permanent mobilization of “Fanmi Lavalas” said his party was ready to support any mobilization intended to denounce the political persecution whose would be subject the former President. For their part the most radical supporters did not hesitate Thursday to block access to the residence of J-B Aristide by erecting barricades of burning tires , fearing a possible arrest of their leader.
On the legal level, the battle also undertakes, Me Mario Joseph, one of the Aristide’ lawyers, announced to have filing of a motion for recusal, for incompetence and bias against the judge Bélizaire, a request that must be approved by the Dean of the Civil Court of Port-au-Prince.
Me Durin Duret, President of the Association of Haitian Magistrates (ANAMAH), doubt of the outcome of such a request, noting that the judge Bélizaire acted as an officer of the judicial police and can not be in this case recused as a judge instructor, recalling that the judicial police officers are not ‘recusable’.
In addition, former Senator Rony Mondestin rejects the thesis of political persecution, noting that the investigation clearly established the responsibility of former President Lavalas in financial crimes including corruption. Further, he says that contrary to the statements of Senator Desras, August 13, which declared that as a former President of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide, acting within the scope of his functions, and is not liable to the court of law, but only the High Court of Justice the High Court of Justice, judges only senior officials of the State during the performance of their duties.