March 9, 2013

Boby Duval, and Alex Fils-Aime testify to their treatment in prison.Boby Duval and Alex Fils  Aime give false testimony against Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Boby Duval pretends that he was lucky to get a bowl of grits in prison when  actual facts show   his family carried food to him three times a day. His father’s business was on Rue de Casserne, within walking distance of the National Penitentiary. Boby Duval’s father, mother, aunt, and his present wife Monica, carried good, well-balanced, nicely presented meals to Boby while he was locked up.

He ate in jail better then than I do now.

By the way, they were carrying meals to the national Penitentiary, in the middle of downtown Port-au-Prince, and not to the notorious Fort Dimanche. Boby Duval was released from the National Penetentiary facility, not from Fort Dimanche.

Was he ever in Fort Dimanche? I will follow up and check for the Truth.

Alex Fils Aime had a different family situation. While other family members carried his daily food, to the prison, his mother was happy to have him locked up. You see, Alex Fils-Aime was in the habit of beating his mother and his jail time gave her a respite from his abuse.

Why were they in jail? Bobby Duval was involved with a bomb plot aimed at killing President Jean-Claude Duvalier. Had this been carried out, other innocent people would have died in the blast. And, for this, he spends 17 months in jail. The guy who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan, in 1981, is still in jail!!!

I can also remember the stories of Fils-Aime and Rene Preval, visiting the prison during Aristide’s 8 months in power, during 1991. One of those tortured was a white, female, American born American citizen who shared a cell with Claudette Goudet, who was Minister of Social Affairs. Aristide had them arrested and abused.

The American lady had Consular visits, from the American embassy, so her imprisonment is easily confirmed. She was finally released on October 8, 1991.

She testified that Fils-Aime and Rene Preval sat there watching as she was shocked through electrical clips attached to her breasts.  Rene Preval sat eating Dominican chicken, rice and beans without losing his appetite. He is a hands-on guy when it comes to torture.

Another lady, the wife of an FAdH major from Marine Haitienne, I believe her name was Wilner, testified to the fact that she and her husband were tortured by Rene Preval. She showed the scars on her legs in court. Her husband died as the result of his torture.

Perhaps the screams, killings  and rape, Fils Aime refers to happened when he and his friend Rene Preval were playing their games at the prison.

The wrong people are on trial here. We should have Boby Duval, Alex Fils-Aime, Rene Preval, Aristide, and a band of others charges with crimes that are not Statute Barred.

At the very least, Duvalier should call some of Boby Duval’s family members to show him for hat he is, a pathetic, publicity seeking liar!!

Fils-Aime’s actions leave him open to criminal prosecution, as do the actions of Aristide and Preval.

Here is an AP story about their testimony. By the way, Jean Dominique and his wife Michele Montas were fanatical Duvalier supporters – during his presidency – and received financial support from his government.

Haitians testify about prisons in ‘Baby Doc’ case

Thursday, March 07, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Two men testified before a three-judge appeals panel Thursday that they were imprisoned in ghastly conditions for months without charge under the government of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Agronomist Alix Fils-Aime described his time at the Fort Dimanche prison in the 1970s, saying most of the people held with him were tortured and killed.

“I was able to hear people being beaten, dragged in the hallway, and I could hear women screaming as they were being forced to have sexual relations with the guards,” he said.

The other plaintiff, Robert “Boby” Duval, told about how he was lucky to eat a bowl of grits once a day while locked up in the same prison. He added that up to 40 prisoners in a single cell shared a bucket as a toilet.

The case of Haiti’s former ruler known as “Baby Doc” has surprised many in Haiti in recent weeks as it gains traction in what has long been a sluggish and dysfunction legal system. The weekly hearings in the country’s main courthouse have been packed with journalists, human rights activists and observers from embassies.

Duvalier unexpectedly took the stand a week ago as he defended his 15-year rule following three earlier no-shows. The former “president for life” characterized the era as a better time for Haiti and said he took action against abuses.

The court had called on Duvalier to be available for further questions, but he didn’t show up Thursday. His main attorney said this week that the 61-year-old had checked into a hospital for an unspecified illness.

Duvalier was charged with human rights abuses and embezzlement after his surprise return to Haiti in 2011 following 25 years in exile.

But a lower court judge ruled that Duvalier should face only the charges for financial crimes because the statute of limitations on the alleged rights abuses had expired. That decision was appealed by lawyers for both Duvalier and his alleged victims.

The case slowly made its way through the legal system, and appeared dormant, until it reached an appellate court judge in January. The appeals court can reinstate the human rights abuse charges, pursue the financial crimes charges, or drop both. The case could also go to a trial.

Defense attorney Reynold Georges said he was confident that Duvalier would be cleared of the charges.

The appeals court is to hear more testimony next Thursday.

In a separate court case Thursday, former President Rene Preval testified behind closed doors as authorities tried to revive an investigation into the long-unsolved killing of Haiti’s most celebrated journalist.

Preval showed up early in the morning before spectators or journalists could see him enter the court and he left several hours later, declining to discuss what he told the investigative judge seeking to build a criminal case in the April 2000 slaying of Jean Dominique.

Preval, who was president in 1996-2001 and 2006-2011, then headed to the Venezuelan Embassy to pay his respects following the death of President Hugo Chavez.

Preval was serving his first presidential term when Dominique was shot to death outside Radio Haiti-Inter, where he worked. Preval and Dominique were friends and political allies who opposed the Duvalier and military dictatorships.

Dominique was 69 at the time of his death and his slaying was later the subject of “The Agronomist,” a 2003 documentary by Jonathan Demme.


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  1. Fils-Aime was caught with large quantities of marijuana and used his expert as an agronome to grow marijuana plants. This is why he was arrested along will a complot to assassinate President Duvalier.

    In America he would have been treted much more severe.

  2. I recall Boby Duval being apprehend with many munitions and arrsted for a complot adverse the governement Duvalier. He was given little bad treatment for his actions.

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