By Caribbean News Now contributor
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Youri Latortue, the president of the Haitian senate, has rejected allegations of his participation in a conspiracy that led to the extradition of fellow senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested on January 5 and deported to the United States to face charges ranging from the importation of narcotics to money laundering.
According to US law enforcement sources, Philippe’s arrest was put in motion following an approach made to the US government by one of his opponents in the recent elections, and orchestrated by the US State Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Philippe claimed in a telephone conversation with an unidentified person that, according to information he has, Latortue and four senators associated with Lavalas (the political party of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide) were allegedly involved in a conspiracy leading to his arrest.
Jeantel Joseph, the president of the National Consortium of Haitian Political Parties, has confirmed that it is the voice of their candidate Guy Philippe that is heard in this conversation. According to HaitiLibre, Philippe’s wife has also authenticated his voice.
On Monday, following Philippe’s allegations, Latortue vigorously denied these accusations, saying that Philippe’s voice was tampered with and that it is a maneuver of former public officials implicated in a report on corruption.
It is true that Youri Latortue managed to gain support of 4 Lavalas Senators, a trick that would be impossible without Aristide’s approval. Youri has had a long term association with Aristide/Lavalas.
The claim that Guy’s voice was manipulated is bizarre, This has been refuted by our government associates who know about such things.
Guy Philippe says it is his voice, and it appears to a part of a 28 minute segment, available on YouTube.
Aristide’s main threat would be Guy Philippe in the Senate. This would probably result in Aristide’s arrest and trial for a bag full of minor crimes, including Murder, kidnap, child endangerment, cocaine trafficking, embezzlement, simple theft, and parking violations.
He had already spent a substantial sum to have the DEA include Guy’s name in dossiers that had nothing to do with Guy.
The simple fact is this – Guy Philippe is innocent. Unfortunately, the way America’s Justice System is loaded, he will be convicted since he doesn’t have adequate legal representation.
It will be interesting to hear the testimony of American sources who say it was one of Guy’s opponents who double-crossed him.
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE. THE TRUTH WILL BE REVEALED UNDER OATH!
He is being abandoned by a Nation that owes him everything, as a result of his 2004 removal of Aristide.
We should be investigating Aristide for his fortune. He claims to have written some books and received royalties.
Guy is being investigated for Money Laundering involving a check he deposited in an American bank for something like $100,000. My goodness, he is not stupid enough to use a check to transfer criminal cash. The funds were from the sale of a piece of property, belonging to his father, and were aimed at buying a family home in the States.
How about investigating the very expensive homes purchased in Miami’s Pembroke Pines, with bags of used $100 American bills – CASH, CASH, CASH!!!!