PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – It was denied but speculated in March and now confirmed; former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will appear in court on the case of the murder of journalist Jean Leopold Dominique on April 24.
The summons was sent on Wendesday by Judge Iveckel Dabresil who has convened a number of high ranking former government officials on the matter.
In early March, it was rumored that both former Presidents Aristide and Rene Preval had received summons but later disclaimed of any such request of Aristed. President Rene Preval appeared before Judge Dabresil on March 7th.
Many had speculated that these hearings were eventually going to result in the convocation of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the courts of Port-au-Prince but it was not until today that the eventuality, to some, came to pass.
Democratic leaders in March had called the convening of former President Préval a political persecution.
Presidential Adviser Guyler Delva admitted giving Judge Ivekel Dabrésil a car and Senator John Joel Joseph said on Radio Scoop FM on March 6 said that the administration had purchased a house in Florida for the judge. These claims complicated the integrity of these sessions.
The opposition to the administration had long believed that the convening of Préval and the appearances of Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in court were part of a series of steps by the Martelly government and the international community to bring former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to court. No reactions to Wednesday’s summons have yet been registered.