Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti law firm files for probe against PM pick (Miami Herald)

Associated Press, Miami Herald
July 13, 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian law firm is urging the legislature to investigate President Michel Martelly’s new pick for prime minister over allegations he committed crimes as a justice minister.

The International Bureau of Lawyers says it has filed a petition with lawmakers asking them to investigate nominee Bernard Gousse.

Human rights groups have accused Gousse of persecuting supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

They allege he is guilty of false imprisonment and being an accomplice to murder during his time as justice minister in the interim government that took office after a violent rebellion in 2004 drove Aristide out of Haiti.

The law firm announced its appeal to lawmakers Wednesday.

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