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Aristide Brought Back To Disrupt Elections In Haiti

18 Mar

This one is a set up by the same folks who brought back Baby Doc, and own Preval. There is really no reason for Aristide to come back at this point other than to throw some mud into the election process. Further, if he does come back, he likely is going to face criminal prosecution for corruption during his term…

Not sure what Glover is doing in the middle of this – but I guess using former American Republican elected officials, as in the case of Baby Doc didn’t work out as well as expected. With luck, Haiti will eventually get a decent government – of and by the people, instead of the corrupt few.

At which point they will hang this bastard, right next to Baby Doc and their financiers.

A supporter of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide holds a sign last month at a rally calling for Aristide's return.

Lawyer: Aristide returning to Haiti

After seven years in exile, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will be back in his homeland Friday, two days ahead of a highly anticipated election, his U.S. attorney said.

Aristide will board a plane Thursday night at the privately-owned Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, said lawyer Ira Kurzban who is accompanying Aristide back to Port-au-Prince along with actor Danny Glover, an Aristide supporter and critic of U.S. objections to his return.

He is scheduled to address reporters before he departs, Kurzban said.

A diplomatic source who is not authorized to speak to the media confirmed to CNN that Aristide is boarding an outgoing jet from South Africa Thursday night.

A group of prominent U.S. lawyers sent a letter, meanwhile, to Cheryl Mills, chief of staff at the State Department, lashing out at what they said was American interference with Aristide’s “constitutional and human right to return.”

“The United States trying to control when any Haitian citizen — especially a former president — can enter Haiti is outrageous,” said Bill Quigley, a New Orleans law professor and legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

“It violates a stack of binding international human rights treaties,” he said. “I felt compelled to speak out to defend both President Aristide’s human rights and the American tradition of rule of law that I teach in my classroom.”

The United States warned Monday that Aristide’s presence in Haiti could disrupt Sunday’s runoff vote that will decide Haiti’s next leader. The office has been in dispute since a late November election ended with controversy and allegations of widespread fraud.

“Mr. Aristide has chosen to remain outside of Haiti for seven years,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. “To return this week can only be seen as a conscious choice to impact Haiti’s elections… Return prior to the election may potentially be destabilizing to the political process.”

Kurzban said Aristide planned to get involved with educational projects and teach. He wants to return before Sunday’s election, Kurzban said, because he had “genuine concerns that the next president may take a different view” and not allow Aristide to return.

“It is not to be involved in the elections, as the United States suggests,” Kurzban said.

Aristide’s supporters, including Glover, say that the former Roman Catholic priest and Haiti’s first democratically elected president was shuttled out of Haiti by the United States after his second presidential term was aborted by a coup in 2004.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Haiti

 

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