ARNEL BELIZAIRE CASE - 'IMMUNITY DOES NOT MEAN IMPUNITY'
(Haiti Libre) -
While the legal troubles of Deputy Arnel Bélizaire, continue to provoke reactions among the population and "poison" the life of Parliament, the Executive Director of the National Network for Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), Mr. Pierre Espérance desires to comment on this matter.
"...at the level of the RNDDH we have information on the conflict of Arnel Belizaire with the justice system [...] we know that he was arrested September 14, 1995 for breach of trust and was released September 18, 1995. He was again arrested on October 14, 2004 for possession of illegal automatic weapons and he escaped on February 19, 2005. On July 2, 2005, [while he was on the run] he was re-arrested in the Dominican Republic in relation to a case of vehicle theft and possession of illegal automatic weapons. DR authorities transported him to the DCPJ on July 3, 2005 and on July 4, 2005 he was sent to the National Penitentiary.
These elements show the biggest weaknesses that there are at the courthouse level, and of the judicial system in the way that they issue good conduct certificates. It also shows that there are weaknesses at DCPJ level in how they compile the files and when they give the extract of a criminal record; so these things need to be corrected...
[...] the RNDDH informed the deputies that immunity does not mean impunity. He is accountable to the justice system. It is necessary that the Chamber acts responsibly, and allow the justice system to do their job. If the deputies do not act, they will not know who are the guilty and the innocent. They must respect the judiciary powers.
At the RNDDH level, we hope that this case will follow its path so that light can be made..."