However, many other political prisoners incarcerated by the former de facto interim government remain in prison, despite the election of a constitutional government.
“We must examine the cases of 35 individuals whose prosecution has been ordered by the prosecutor of the civil court of St Marc”, declared Judge St-Pierre, adding that this work requires special time and attention in order to avoid the issuance of slapdash ruling.
One of the attorneys for the prisoners in the La Scierie case, Mario Joseph, again denounced what he termed the sluggish pace with which the case has been handled.
According to Mr. Joseph, the law of July 26, 1979 provides for a maximum time period of one month for the publication of rulings relating to cases on appeal and in which individuals are being held in preventive detention.
Nothing can explain this latest delay and all of the procrastination, declared Mario Joseph.
Officials of local and international human rights organizations who visited La Scierie stated that they did not find any evidence that a massacre had been committed.
The four or five bodies discovered in the area were found to have been the casualties of clashes between two rival bands, RAMICOSM (of the anti-Aristide GNB campaign) and the pro-Lavalas Balewouze, which were said to have been locked in a struggle for control of the port of Saint-Marc.
When asked to explain the absence of the alleged 40 corpses claimed by two organizations close to the anti-Aristide opposition, RAMICOSM and NCHR-Haiti/RNDDH, the answer given by NCHR/Haiti director Pierre Espérance was that they were all completely devoured by dogs.
Residents of Saint-Marc say that the names of many of the individuals appearing on the list of alleged victims are false.