Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Interim President Resigns From Supreme Court

AHP May 19, 2006 3:15 PM

Boniface Alexandre claims health reasons for his resignation from the Supreme Court: the 5 judges he arbitrarily named could also go

Port-au-Prince, May 19 2006 (AHP)- President Ren� Pr�val confirmed on Friday having received Boniface Alexandre�s letter of resignation as president of the Supreme Court.

The head of state has said he is ready to accept Alexandre�s resignation given that he has provided health reasons.

Nonetheless, other sources made it known that Boniface Alexandre, who a few days earlier did not distance himself from a return to the Supreme Court, was made aware of a potential plan by certain magistrates to deny him access to the Court.

For many legal experts, Boniface Alexandre is one of the greatest violators of the constitution over the past two years, endorsing hundreds of political arrests and agreeing to liberate convicted criminals and other individuals accused of involvement in documented crimes while citizens are held in prison without any particular charge.

Alexandre has also been reproached for having arbitrarily dismissed 5 judges from the Supreme Court in December 2005, even though they had been appointed for a period of 10 years, then appointing magistrates who are mostly older, sneaking them into the confines of the national palace to swear them in.

On Friday, sources close to the highest judicial powers in the country said that the 5 judges appointed by Boniface Alexandre could also leave the Supreme Court because of their arbitrary nominations.

President Pr�val also intervened in the matter of rising fuel prices. There is no question for the government when it comes to subsidising oil purchases.

“The state has social obligations it must respect,” he declared.

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