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Haitian center for human rights calls to investigate magnicide

Port-au-Prince, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian Center for Analysis and Research on Human Rights reiterated the call to create a special court to try the suspects of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Two years after the assassination, the organization believes that the investigation has been totally inadequate, which further plunged Haiti into an unprecedented political, socioeconomic and security crisis.

“Why was the president assassinated? Who authorized his murder? Who didn’t do their job?” are some of the questions made by the human rights platform, which criticized the stagnation of the investigation in Haiti, and suggested that the halting of the investigations could be a strategy to make the case null and void leading after to a mock trial.

“Only the creation of a special court or a special chamber can conduct to a true prosecution of this case, otherwise a plethora of investigating judges will follow (…),which could be a strategy to void the case of its essence and conduct to a probably parody of trial.

In addition, the institution reminded that a double investigation is currently taking place in Haiti and the United States, where one of those involved was sentenced to life imprisonment. It also warned that the investigation will restart every time a judge cannot meet the deadlines, and the magistrates are not obliged to continue the actions of their predecessors.

Faced with this situation, the platform urged the Haitian authorities to explore other options, including the special courts of Cambodia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic, as well as the extraordinary and criminal chambers in Africa and Kosovo, which national and international judges are part of, refer to national law with regard to procedure and incrimination, and merge the internal legal system.

Moïse was assassinated in his private residence on July 7th, 2021, apparently by a strike team made up of former Colombian soldiers, many of whom are in custody but have not been charged.


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