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Haiti - FLASH : Former Senator-elect Guy Philippe returns to the country
01/12/2023 10:13:41

Haiti - FLASH : Former Senator-elect Guy Philippe returns to the country
Thursday, November 30, Guy Philippe, former senator from Grand'Anse, elected in 2016, was repatriated aboard an ICE plane which arrived in Port-au-Prince at 9:49 a.m. with around ten other Haitians also deported by the American authorities.

Thursday November 30, 2023, Guy Philippe (55 years old) former senator of Grand'Anse, elected in 2016 former commander of the Haitian police who led the rebellion in 2004 which overthrew President Jean Bertrand Aristide, was repatriated to Port-au-Prince aboard an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plane which took off from Alexandria, Louisiana, at 5:57 a.m. and arrived in Port-au-Prince at 9:49 a.m. with around ten other Haitians also deported by the American authorities.

Released on September 7 in the United States, Philippe was detained in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia while waiting to be repatriated to Haiti after serving 7 years in prison for money laundering conspiracy related to drug trafficking with Colombians. His repatriation would have been delayed by the Haitian government which had not responded favorably to the American request to send him back to Haiti...

Upon his arrival, Guy Philippe was taken into police custody and underwent interrogation at the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police.

Let's recall that Guy Philippe, under an international arrest warrant issued against him by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for several years, for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking, had been arrested in Haiti (before his swearing-in in the Senate), by agents of the Brigade for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (BLTS) on January 5, 2017 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-19720-haiti-flash-arrest-of-senator-guy-philippe.html then transferred to the USA the same day he was sentenced to 9 years in prison https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21301-haiti-flash-9-years-in-prison-for-guy-philippe.html after pleading guilty to avoid life in prison (following an agreement with the courts) while continuing to proclaim his innocence, accusing the United States of having kidnapped him.

His return raises a lot of questions, because it is not clear what role, if any, Philippe could play in Haiti while he never hid that upon his return he would get involved in politics again... One also does not know that there could be a relationship between him and ex-policeman Jimmy Cherizie alias "Barbecue" Head of the G9 coalition…

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