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Haiti - Justice : Is Clifford Brandt will be judged one day ?
In the context of this case, 21 people were charged in various ways: kidnapping, illegal restraint against ransom, criminal conspiracy, forgery, forgery, death threats, usurpation of title, illegal possession of weapons fire, money laundering, and death threats.
However, the National Defense Network for Human Rights (RNDDH) regrets that only 6 of these defendants have actually apperead front a criminal court : Sawadienne Jean, Evince Larrieux, Carline Richema, Franck Sinterine, Carlo Bendel Saint Fort and Clifford H. Brandt, as for the other alleged accomplices, some have since been released, while others are still at large.
RNDDH recalls that to date "9 hearings were held. Several actions were taken including, among others, the hearing of 5 witnesses and the hearing of victims Nicolas Moscoso and Coralie Moscoso which are civil party in the trial.
On 4 March 2016, lawyers providing defense 5 of the aforementioned defendants asked the Dean of the criminal court Me Jean Wilner Morin to deport of the case for legitimate suspicion, because according to them, they do not feel confident with him and feel he shows a behavior raising fears among the accused of the giving of an impartial verdict. Taking into account that the deport is voluntary, the request was rejected by the magistrate.
In protest, the defendants' lawyers who files the application left the boxing, forcing the magistrate to refer the case to March 7, 2016. On that date, they do not show up, bringing the Magistrate to order a postponement of the criminal hearing at an unspecified date. The defendants present at the hearing are returned to the cell.
RNDDH believes that the postponement at an unspecified date of a hearing that arouses such expectations, is very worrying. Therefore, it expresses the hope of the resumption of the criminal hearing that should lead to the judgment of Clifford Brandt and others, in this respect for the rights of all parties involved in the case.
Stressing "There is no doubt that Haitian society wants to understand what really happened as it is to judge members of an influential gang who committed many wrongdoings."
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