Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Appeal of La Scierie Case, Day 1


Political prisoners, including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, at court of
appeals in Gona�ves for Scierie case

Port-au-Prince, May 8, 2006 – (AHP) – Hearings at the civil court in Gona�ves
for the order for removal of Judge Cluny Pierre-Jules of Saint-marc relating
to the file on the accused massacre at Scierie were suspended this Monday, 3
hours after starting.
The former Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, now imprisoned for two years
following accusations by National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH),
arrived in court on a stretcher following months of hunger strike.
In addition to Mr. Nepture, other political prisonners include the former
Minister of the interior, Jocelerme Privery and former Deputy Amanus Maette,
all present at the court.
The hearing was suspending due to the absence of Alexandre Pierre-Paul, Canal
du Vent, who was arrested by Judge Cluny Pierre-Jules.
Pierre-Paul has been in prison for over a year, but his name was not on the
order from the Judge.
The trial will continue on Tuesday with the lawyer for the political
prisonners, Mario Joseph, confident that the order from Piere-Jules, a judge
reputed to be close with the lawyer for the alleged victims of the massacre,
Mrs. Samuel Madistin, will be dismissed.

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