Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Pr�val commits to the timely release of political prisoners,
including Yvon Neptune

Miami, June 26, 2006 -(AHP)- President Ren� Pr�val announced during a
meeting Sunday with the Haitian community in Miami the impending release of
former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune.
Yvon Neptune has been in prison for 24 months without any serious
charges, after being accused by opposition organizations of involvement in an
alleged massacre February 11, 2004, in the Saint-Marc region called Scierie
(97 km North of Port-au-Prince).
Pr�val underlined that the justice system was working hard on the
cases of other political prisoners, including artist and activist Annette
Auguste (aka So Ann), former delegate of the South Jacques Mathelier and singer Yvon
The former Minister of the Interior, Jocelerme Privert, was freed
last week after more that two years in incarceration after being �arrested in
the middle of the night by former Minister of Justice Bernard Gousse”.
Ren� Pr�val confirmed that his priority is political stability, as
part of which he has committed to meeting the different sectors of national
life to ensure its fruition.
The fight against insecurity requires appropriate resources and
means, said Pr�val, suggesting that with Mario Andresol as the constitutional head of
police, positive results would be attained.
The president, who will next announce the Secretary of State for
public safety (who is expected to be the former general auditor of the head of the
National Police, Luc Euch�re Joseph ), also said that he is counting on the
support of the business community to help resolve any safety issues that were
brought up Sunday many times during the Miami summit on tourism in Haiti.
Ren� Preval, who took part in the closing of the summit on Sunday,
flew to New York Monday where he is also scheduled to meet with members of the
Haitian community.
He will then go to Brussels, Paris and Saint Kits & Nevis where he will
participate in the annual Caricom summit that will confirm Haiti�s
return to the group following their exclusion during the interim period of Gerard
Latortue, following the sudden departure of President Aristide.
In Paris and Brussels, Pr�val will meet with Jacques Chirac, heads
of UNESCO, the European Union and the secretary general of the Francophonie,
Adbou Diouf.
“This tour will enable me to raise awareness among my colleagues of the
current situation in Haiti so that they will know how to best orient
their aid and to help it stay on the track to sustainable democracy,� he said.
AHP �June 26, 2006 12:50 PM

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