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Haiti - FLASH : The Government Commissioner Me Lafontant resigns
Letter of reprimand from Minister Vincent :
"Me. Jacques Lafontant
Near the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince
At the Parquet.
Subject: Letter of Blame
In my capacity as first person in charge of the implementation of the penal policy of the Government, I deplore your blameworthy reaction to my precise instruction relating to an Ordinance issued by the Cabinet of Instruction. This is a serious act of insubordination endangering the society which you are required, by delegation of authority, to protect and which threatens, at the same time, the stability of the State. This injunction, Commissioner, is in line with the constant line of the Government of the Republic of fighting against armed gangs, against firearms traffickers, against those who attack protected social values and against conspirators who 'attack the internal security of the State.
I remind you, Mr Government Commissioner, that you are a subordinate who must execute any order from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security as long as it is not manifestly illegal. I expect that in the future you will rise to the high dimension which characterizes a Government Commissioner who must be a worthy representative of the Executive in the Judiciary.
In this capacity which is yours, I take this opportunity to instruct you to give a diligent follow-up to my instructions concerning land insecurity. I demand, on this point, clear signals proving your determination to fight this scourge that the Moïse Jouthe administration is striving to eradicate. Your concrete steps in this fight for constitutionally and conventionally guaranteed property rights would silence some lingering rumors.
Rockefeller Vincent, Av., Minister."
Letter of resignation from Me Jacques Lafontant Government Commissioner :
"Port-au-Prince, July 22, 2020
Me Rockefeller Vincent
Minister of Justice and Public Security
In his ministry
Subject : Resignation
I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated July 20, 2020 in which you reported persistent rumors by evoking the problem of land insecurity and conflict of property rights. I want to remind you that between persistent rumors and proven facts, the difference is huge.
Mr. Minister, following the parallelism of forms, I am obliged to present this correspondence to you in the form and content that follows:
According to an article published on January 24 of the current year in the columns of the newspaper "Le Nouvelliste", under the stamp of the journalist Jean Daniel Senate, I borrow this form of questioning on certain subjects whose answers have already been revealed to members of the social body.
Who do we blame for the release of several bandits involved in acts of kidnappings, rapes and vehicle thefts when he was Government Commissioner to the Court of First Instance of Cap-Haitien in 2006 ?
Who was the object of reproaches and pinned down successively, according to investigative reports, in acts of corruption and irregular release, under the administration of ex-ministers Henry Marge Dorléans 2005 and Paul Denis in 2006 ?
More recently, who was the object of dismissal for unproductiveness under the administration of Ex Minister Heïdi Fortuné ? https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31253-haiti-justice-the-new-minister-had-been-dismissed-in-2017-for-unproductive.html
Mr. Keeper of the Seals,
I inform you about your religion, during my studies at the Normal Superior School, at the Faculty of Ethnology, at the Faculty of Law of Gonaïves, at Quisqueya / Paris-Est Créteil University and in the Master 2 / double program graduation; none of my diplomas are doubtful, let alone riddled with forgeries or fraud.
I remind you that any conflict relating to property rights is the exclusive responsibility of the Civil Court. However, in my capacity as Government Commissioner, in my essentially penal role and guarantor of social order, I have already taken certain measures relating to the various complaints submitted to my assessment and the applicants will always be able to testify to them.
In addition, I was in charge of the exequatur cell under the administration of my predecessor, Me Paul Eronce Villard, no scandal was recorded on the issuance of exequatur. The famous exequatur which caused so much turmoil and endangering society dates back to 2016 and was issued by a Deputy Government Commissioner who was a member of your Cabinet when you were Director of the ULCC.
On the strength of all these observations, I have chosen to no longer be your subordinate, and I submit to you my resignation which has immediate effect.
Me Jacques Lafontant, Government Commissioner."