Haiti - Head of commission probing murders of journalists returns home after two weeks of forced exile



    MONTREAL, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - President of an independent commission
probing murders of journalists, Joseph Guyler C. Delva, forced by repeated
death threats to leave the country suddenly two weeks ago, returned to
Port-au-Prince on 25 November.
    Delva, who presides the Independent Commission for Supporting
Investigations into Murders of Journalists (CIAPEAJ) fled on 9 November after
being chased by a gang of unknown men in the Pétion-Ville district of the
capital.
    He went first to the Dominican Republic and from there to Florida, where
he was greeted on arrival by Claudy Gassant, public prosecutor in
Port-au-Prince, from whom Delva said he had obtained "a formal promise from
the President of the Republic, René Préval, to protect his safety".
    The journalist repeated at a press conference yesterday his conviction
that Senator Rudolph Boulos was the man behind the threats made against him.
He added that Boulos was the holder of a US passport, despite the fact that
the 1987 Haitian Constitution bans dual-nationality.
    Delva also suspects the senator, and the police commissioner Daniel
Ulysse, of "blocking" the investigation into the 3 April 2000 murder of Jean
Dominique, head of Radio Haiti Inter, a case that is being probed by the
CIAPEAJ. Delva said the examining magistrate, Fritzner Fils-Aimé had issued a
summons which had never been acted upon against Daniel Ulysse, and that
Rudolph Boulos refuses to respond to any judicial summons.




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