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Haiti - Justice : Accused of corruption, Judge Orélien gives notice to Pierre Espérance to prove his accusations
[...] On January 3, 2022, Magistrate Garry Orélien ordered the release of four police officers who were imprisoned in connection with the case relating to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse […] At least one of them paid twenty-five thousand (25,000) United States dollars to the magistrate [...]
[...] As soon as he was appointed as an investigating magistrate, Garry Orélien made contact with people, against whom arrest warrants were issued by the Port-au-Prince prosecution. He asked them, each of them, to pay him up to 50 thousand US dollars for the cancellation of these arrest warrants [...]
Reacting strongly to these accusations, Judge Garry Orélien in a note of clarification published on January 20, 2022 writes :
"Judge Garry Orélien condemns with the greatest rigor the false, defamatory and unworthy allegations made by Mr. Pierre Espérance against him in the context of the case of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse [...] which statements tend to undermine his integrity, his honor and that of his family when his author tries to make the public believe that the judge would have engaged in acts of corruption within the framework of the treatment of this file.
The investigating judge gives notice to Mr. Pierre Espérance to produce such facts and/or such justifications which may give some basis to such allegations.
Judge Garry Orélien thus warns Mr. Pierre Espérance and all other individuals, and this, subject to the most express reservations of legal proceedings, who for reasons or interests which are personal or maliciously, would have sought, at the through reputed criminal organizations to discredit a professional concerned with transparency, discretion and the integrity of his mission."
To be continued…
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