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A DEA Fugitive Runs for Haitian Senate

Guy Philippe is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for charges including conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. He’s also running for Senate in Haiti, with a lot of support from the town where his father was mayor. He even campaigned with one of the top presidential candidates earlier this year. Though there are many questions about Guy Philippe’s shady actions, he warns that if he loses the Senate race, there will be trouble. From remote stronghold, Haiti fugitive seeks political power David McFadden, Associated Press September 6, 2016 PESTEL, Haiti (AP) — Fishermen gathered eagerly at a rickety wooden pier to welcome a boat carrying Haiti’s most divisive and provocative political candidate. The crowd quickly cleared a path as Guy Philippe stepped to shore and began shaking hands and slapping backs. More people emerged to see the man […]

PHTK Members Support Wanted Drug Trafficker Guy Philippe

Supporters of PHTK, former president Martelly’s party have spoken out in support of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for drug trafficking. The supporters say that Philippe was not responsible for the attack against a major police station, as one of the attackers alleged. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Les Cayes attack: Martelly supporters solidarity with Guy Philippe Haiti Sentinel May 20, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, Haiti ( – Supporters of the former Martelly regime held a press conference Friday to lend their support and solidarity to Guy Philippe, a fugitive of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is accused of having orchestrated a terror attack on the departmental police station in Les Cayes, Haiti on Monday. Officials from Repons Peyizan, the political party former […]

Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

Infamous Politician Threatens Civil War Over Haiti Elections

Accused drug trafficker Guy Phillippe, who was also a leader in Haiti’s 2004 coup, has claimed he is “ready for war” if Haiti’s transitional government isn’t representative of the provinces. Now that Haiti’s second round of presidential elections have been cancelled with the current president’s term set to expire February 7th, Haiti seems  poised for a transitional government but it’s unclear who would head or choose it. No date has been set for the next round of elections yet. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ex–Haiti coup leader decries canceled presidential election Al Jazeera America January 24, 2016 A Haitian former coup leader wanted by the United States for smuggling cocaine called on his supporters on Sunday to resist “anarchists” who forced a presidential election to be canceled — a sign of deep polarization that […]

Candidate Convicted for Cocaine Trafficking Advances to Next Round

In the lead up to Haiti’s first round of elections, there was a lot of controversy over candidates who had been convicted or suspected of crimes being allowed to run in the elections. Now, Miami Herald has learned that one of the candidates moving on to the next round was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami. according to Haiti’s electoral law and Constitution, political candidates should not have been convicted of a crime. The president of Haiti’s Electoral Council says that the Council is currently checking on this conviction with the US government. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Convicted cocaine trafficker running for parliament in Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 10, 2015 A candidate headed into next month’s runoff for Haiti’s parliament was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald […]

Ex-Haiti Rebel Again in Spotlight

By STEVENSON JACOBS | Associated Press Writer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Three years ago, Guy Philippe, a pistol bulging from his waist, was riding high. He’d led a rebellion that ousted Haiti’s elected president and declared that “the country is in my hands.” These days, Philippe is riding so low that no one can find him — not Haitian police or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which last month raided his house. In an audio message distributed to radio stations from hiding, Philippe denied involvement in drug trafficking and accused the United States of trying to silence him for political reasons. “Before, when they wanted to eliminate someone, they called him a communist. Now there are no more communists so you’re either a terrorist or into drugs,” said the 39-year-old who unsuccessfully ran for president last year. The drug-trafficking accusations against […]

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