Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Rally for Human Rights in Haiti- New York, NY

oin us from 8:30am � 9:00am outside the courthouse on the first day of Toto Constant�s trial for grand larceny and mortgage fraud to bear witness as Constant faces justice in the U.S. and to stand in solidarity with the Haitian people who anxiously await a fair trial for Constant�s human rights abuses in Haiti. Toto Constant has spent the past 14 years � in Haiti and in the U.S. � trying to evade justice, whether it be for rape and other torture of the Haitian people or swindling money out of people and banks in New York. He was a leader of FRAPH (Revolutionary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) during Haiti�s 1991�1994 military rule, which claimed the lives of thousands of Haitians and included a systematic campaign of rape and other torture, arson and executions against […]

Civil suit exposes U.S. role in Haitian massacres

By G. Dunkel The history of Haiti has been marked by stubborn, lengthy and mass resistance and struggle to achieve justice against heavy odds. From its beginning in 1791, when the severely oppressed African slaves of the French colony of Saint-Domingue rose up, to 1804, when the independence of Haiti was proclaimed in Gona�ves, the struggle was against the mighty French army. From 1915 to 1934, Haitians had to struggle against occupation by U.S. Marines. In 1957 Fran�ois Duvalier became president. He and his son Jean-Claude ruled with violence, repression and the strong military backing of the U.S. government until 1986, when a mass uprising, which Haitians call the �uprooting� (dechoukaj), drove them from power. One of the major protests in this uprising occurred in 1985 in Gona�ves, during which three school children were killed. The U.S. came back in […]

HAITI LIBERTE “Justice. Verite. Independance.”

HAITI LIBERTE”Justice. Verite. Independance.”* THIS WEEK IN HAITI *January 16 – 22, 2008Vol. 1, No. 26 BROOKLYN, NY: TOTO CONSTANT OPTS FOR A TRIAL IN MORTGAGE FRAUD CASE, SHUNNING A DEAL ALSO CHALLENGES RECENT CIVIL SUIT VERDICT by Kim Ives On January 9 in Brooklyn, New York, former death-squad leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, 51, rejected a plea bargain that would have sentenced him to three to nine years for his role in a mortgage fraud crime ring. Under the deal for charges brought in Kings County, Constant, with time served and good behavior, would have been eligible for parole in July, at which time the Department of Homeland Security would have deported him back to Haiti. Instead, Toto elected to go to trial, where he risks a maximum sentence of 45 years if a jury finds him guilty on all […]

Haiti thug could face 25 years

BY JOHN MARZULLI DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Thursday, January 10th 2008, 1:42 AM Reputed former�Haitian paramilitary terrorist Emmanuel (Toto) Constant rejected a plea deal on mortgage fraud charges Wednesday, opting for a trial at which he will face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Defense attorney Samuel Karlinen met briefly with his client briefly in a holding cell before informing Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Abraham Gerges that Constant did not wish to accept the offer of 3 to 9 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty. “I want him to be aware that the offer by the court is off the table,” Gerges said, and promptly scheduled the trial for Feb. 13. Prosecutor Thomas Schellhammer of the state Attorney General’s Office estimated that the trial would last at least a month. Constant, 51, is charged with defrauding […]

Haitian Human Rights Abuser Emmanuel “Toto” Constant Will Face Trial in Mortgage Fraud Case: Constant Rejected Plea Bargain of Three to Nine Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2008 3:22 PM CONTACT: Center for Constitutional Rights Jen Nessel, CCR, 212-614-6449, Haitian Human Rights Abuser Emmanuel “Toto” Constant Will Face Trial in Mortgage Fraud Case Constant Rejected Plea Bargain of Three to Nine Years NEW YORK – January 9 – Today, Haitian former paramilitary leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant rejected a plea bargain that would have given him a prison sentence of three to nine years in a mortgage fraud case, electing instead to go to trial. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which in 2006 won a landmark judgment in a civil case charging Constant with human rights abuses including massacres, gang-rapes, and other torture while leader of the paramilitary group FRAPH in Haiti, is pleased that Constant will finally go before a jury for some of his crimes. Constant faces multiple charges […]

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Applauds Judge’s Decision to Drop Plea Bargain

Decision to drop plea bargain made after CCR submitted documentation and coordinated letter-writing campaign to judge detailing Constant�s record of human rights abuses Synopsis On May 22, 2007, the judge in the mortgage fraud case of former Haitian death-squad leader Emmanuel �Toto� Constant dropped Constant�s plea bargain in the criminal case and ordered him to go to trial, where he faces a maximum of 15 years if convicted. In his May 22 decision, State Supreme Court Judge Abraham Gerges wrote, �On June 7, 1995, defendant was deposed for a federal case against FRAPH and stated, �I�m not a member of FRAPH. I�m a leader of FRAPH.� These allegations, if true, are heinous, and the court cannot in good conscience consent to the previously negotiated sentence. The court also cannot consent to time served, as that would be a travesty. The […]

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