Senator Zenny & Benoit On President Assassination Attempt
President Martelly Uncovers an Assassination Plot
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - On Monday, the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly discovered an incident that occurred at a Sunday event, opening a week of tourism, was an assassination attempt.
The Office of Communications for the President mentioned the events as a "minor incident", but after further review, President Martelly characterized it as an "assassination attempt."
On Sunday in Cap-Haitien the president's motorcade was in the midst of a crowd of supporters in which a few hecklers infiltrated throwing stones and bottles. A press release from the Office of the President characterized it as a minor incident saying that arrest were made and an investigation would be underway.
The day following, Monday, President Michel Martelly, speaking to a correspondent of Radio Galaxie, Gonaïves (Artibonite), said video showed a man with an M-1 rifle among the attackers.
Senator Edwin Zenny added to the Head of State's claims saying there were certain monies given to the failed assassins.
Haiti Press Network found that 30 people had been held and questioned by the Cape Town Police, one of them had an M-1 in their possession. The gun carrier was found to be ex-convict allegedly employed by Parliament.
The former Colonel of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAdH) Himmler Rebu said the President refused to follow instructions intended for his safety at the time of his attack, refusing to get into his vehicle.
Instead of minimizing the incident of Cape Town, he thinks he should take the matter very seriously, because it is the security of a president.
Senator Moise Jean-Charles condemned the incident, but attributed it to discontent within the population speaking "of unfulfilled campaign promises." Jean-Charles said "the president just like all Haitians can travel wherever he wants throughout the country. However, his inability to meet certain demands, it may attract the wrath of the population."
Difficulties still plague the government and the people of Haiti as officials have yet been able to ratify a Prime Minister and usher in the next functioning state.
ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON MARTELLY SEES THE NET SPREADING
The botched Sunday assassination attempt on Martelly – during his Sunday Cap Haitian visit – is beginning to see its effect spread like spilled ink on a white tablecloth
Joanet Caneus the pro-Lavalas Police Chief has been suspended from duty. He cannot wear his uniform or carry a gun. His arrest is expected within hours.
Immediately after the attack, a number of people were arrested, including one member of the Cap Haitian PNH office. He has since disappeared from the Cap Haitian jail.
The guy with the assault rifle disappeared immediately and has been traced to the Chamber of Deputies, where he works.
Reports suggest a Martelly move against Senator Moise Jean-Charles for his part in the chaos. Some believe he has immunity from arrest, because he is a senator, while others say his involvement removes the protection of immunity.
No matter what happens, the trail of evidence threatens to shake Preval’s political base – INITE.
Martelly has played down the event which may balloon to the point where he will dissolve parliament and place others under arrest. No one will be immune and some embassy elements are pressing for swift and vigorous action that might accelerate the acceptance of his choice for Prime Minister – Bernard Gousse.
The next few days will be very interesting.
Le cortège présidentiel a essuyé des jets de pierres, la police a effectué plusieurs interpellations (SignalFM)
Le président Michel Martelly était en visite Dimanche au Cap-Haïtien où il a été ovationné par plusieurs milliers de personnes. Dans son adresse à la population capoise, le chef de l’Etat haïtien a renouvelé certaines de ses promesses de campagne. M. Martelly a notamment parlé du développement d’un parc industriel dans le Nord. Il a maintenu ses engagements en ce qui a trait à son programme d’éducation gratuite et obligatoire.
Michel Martelly est aussi intervenu sur les difficultés rencontrées dans la mise en place de son gouvernement. Il a en ce sens montré du doigt les parlementaires auxquels il a imputé son blocage. M. Martelly a promis toutefois de continuer les discussions en vue de mettre en place un gouvernement au plus vite.
Mais, la visite du président Michel Martelly au Cap-Haïtien n’est pas passé sans incident. Le cortège du chef de l’Etat, qui entrait dans la ville à pied, a essuyé des jets de pierres. Ce qui a failli créer une situation de panique, n’était ce pas la vigilance des forces de l’ordre qui ont vite pris le contrôle de la situation. Deux des individus suspectés de poser ces actes ont été appréhendés, selon les informations recueillies sur place par un reporter de Signal FM.
En ce qui concerne le projet d’érection d’un parc industriel dans le Nord, ce projet sera annexé d’un programme de logements sociaux dont avait parlé l’un des responsables de la CIRH, Bill Clinton au début du week-end écoulé. 2 mille habitats, destinés principalement au 20 mille salariés de ce parc industriel, sont prévus en effet dans le cadre de ce programme financé, entre autres, par la fondation que dirige l’ancien président américain. Michel Martelly devait annoncer la liste des 100 mille enfants retenus dans le sud pour aller à l’école dès la prochaine rentrée scolaire dans le cadre de son programme d’éducation gratuite. La Fondation Clinton vient d’octroyer plus d’un millions de dollars à ce programme, permettant ainsi d’augmenter le nombre d’enfants
Police Officer Placed in Isolation after Assassination Suspect Escapes
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti - A police officer was put under arrest on Tuesday after the escape of a suspect that was being held for the attempted assassination of the president.
Odelin Saintilma, a county service officer of the Judicial Police (SDPJ) was placed in solitary confinement in Cap Haitien following the escape early Tuesday morning of a suspect interrogated in connection with the investigation into the attack that targeted last Sunday President Michel Martelly.
Radio Kiskeya learned from the local police that the suspect, considered a key witness, who appeared to be an affair of the state, escaped from the premises of the Nord Department of the Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH) where he was taken in the company of some 29 other people.
The officer responsible for the custody of the suspect, whose identity was not revealed, is being punished.
Object at a time of multiple convictions and of great concern in some political circles, but also a pretext for controversial statements of passionate supporters and fierce opponents of the head of state.
The incident at Cap Haitien had seen strangers throw stones and glass bottles in the vicinity of the President. The scene had caught the presidential security in the neighborhood of Shada deemed favorable to the Lavalas Party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.