Miragoâne residents arrest one of Brignol Lindor’s alleged murderers

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders welcomes the arrest on 30 March of Joubert St-Just, one of the alleged killers of Brignol Lindor, who was murdered by supporters of former President Aristide on 3 December 2001 in Petit-Goâve. This is the first arrest to be made in the case, which has been blocked for the past two years at the supreme court. June 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the arrest of Joubert St-Just, one of the alleged killers of Radio Echo 2000 presenter Brignol Lindor, who was hacked to death with machetes on 3 December 2001 in the southern town of Petit-Goâve. St-Just was arrested on 30 March by residents in the nearby town of Miragoâne.”This arrest of one of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s “chimères” or henchmen testifies to the Haitian people’s desire to put an end to terror, injustice and impunity, and it is now up to the government and judicial authorities to translate this desire into action,” the press freedom organization said.Reporters Without Borders added: “Establishing the rule of law in Haiti means rendering justice to murdered journalists and guaranteeing and respecting press freedom. St-Just’s arrest should lead to a resumption of the judicial investigation into Lindor’s murder, which until now has been blocked in an irregular fashion.”A member of Domi Nan Bwa, a local grass-roots organization linked to Fanmi Lavalas (Aristide’s party), St-Just was handed over to the police in Petit-Goâve and placed in a cell following his arrest by Miragoâne residents.”He was going around in broad daylight, making no attempt to hide,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Lindor’s brother, Moréno Lindor, who received confirmation of the news from a contact in Petit-Goâve. He added: “Brignol’s murders acted in broad daylight and always claimed responsibility for the murder without ever being questioned or detained.”A staff member of the Agence Haïtienne de Presse (AHP), a Haitian news agency, told Reporters Without Borders: “Joubert St-Just may have been detained for another reason. His name has not previously been mentioned in connection with this case.” Nonetheless, this is the first time that one of Lindor’s presumed killers has been arrested.The investigation resulted in September 2002 in the indictment of 10 Domi Nan Bwa members but the arrest warrants were never executed. No charge was ever brought against the Petit-Goâve deputy mayor who had called publicly for Lindor to be killed. After an appeal court denied the Lindor family plaintiff status, the family referred their request to the supreme court, which – since Spring 2003 – has failed to issue a ruling. As a result, judicial procedures are paralysed despite two requests by Reporters Without Borders, one during a visit to Haiti in June 2004 and the other in a 3 November letter which received no reply.”We welcome this arrest but we remain cautious about what may result from it,” Moréno Lindor commented. Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Haïti News News News Another journalist murdered in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more November 14, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti April 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Miragoâne residents arrest one of Brignol Lindor’s alleged murderers HaïtiAmericas last_img

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