Haiti: judge in charge of Jean Dominique murder case suspended for corruption

    MONTREAL, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The justice ministry announced on 30
March that Fritzner Fils-Aimé, the latest judge to be put in charge of the
investigation into the April 2000 murder of Radio Haiti Inter director Jean
Dominique, has been suspended for "serious acts of corruption." Two other
judicial officials - Joseph Descharles, the prosecutor of the southwestern
town of Jérémie, and Patterson Dorval, the deputy prosecutor of the
southwestern town of Petit-Goâve - were suspended at the same time for similar
reasons. The charges against them are to be heard by the Higher Council for
the Judiciary. Fils-Aimé was the sixth investigating judge to be put in charge
of the Dominique case since 2006. He had been ordered by the Port-au-Prince
appeal court to identify the instigators of Dominique's murder. Only one
suspect has ever been arrested in connection with the case. That was Mercidieu
Toussaint, who was arrested in August 2007. When Reporters Without Borders met
Fils-Aimé to discuss the Dominique case, he complained of a lack of resources
and of a "lack of interest on the part of the appeal court."
    "In the nine years since Dominique was gunned down, the case has been
handled by a total of six investigating judges and his murder remains
completely unpunished," Reporters Without Borders said. "We cannot comment on
the substance of this latest episode, but it clearly represents yet another
failure for the investigation. Is the lack of results by Fils-Aimé due solely
to his negligence? Is there a clear judicial and political will to solve this
case? Will a new judge be appointed? These questions require an answer as the
judicial procedures disintegrate with the passage of time, and it becomes more
and more unlikely that the truth will ever be known."

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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