Saturday, December 31, 2011


(Haiti Libre) -

Mr. Thierry Mayard-Paul, the Minister of the Interior, of Territorial Collectivities and National Defense asked Friday morning, Jean Marc Maurice Flambert, Director General of the National Office of Civil Aviation to prevent an American Airlines plane to take off for Florida, in which there was Gaillot Dorsinvil, the former President of the Provisional Electoral Council.

Mr. Osner Févry, the lawyer for Gaillot Dorsinvil explained that his client was leaving the country and that he was forced to abandon the aircraft and return to the airport. "...The Minister of the Interior had called Mr. Flambert to ask him to block the American Airlines plane that was leaving and had the doors closed, the engine running and which was about to take off, in which my client was sitting in seat 4F. He was forced to leave the plane, returning to the runway, get back to the airport, his suitcase was returned to him and the plane finally took off very late.

[...] If I had to qualify what happened at the airport, I'd say it's a scandal!

[...] Kadhafi and François Duvalier did, but Obama and Sarkozy can not do so. The Minister of the Interior by a simple phone call has done it this morning in Haiti by boarding a plane.

[...] Fortunately, there is a prosecutor in the city, the Government Commissioner, who has shown character, and serenity. He is a law-abiding citizen and had informed Mr. Gaillot Dorsinvil that he could go about freely about his business. Despite the intervention of Mr. Thierry Mayard-Paul who asked to stop the plane, and possibly even stop Gaillot Dorsinvil, the Government Commissioner has kept his composure and replied to those who were pressuring him, that there is an order of justice, there is a justice decision dated August 22, 2011, which canceled all warrants, orders, and others, including departure bans against advisers Ribel Pierre, Gaillot Dorsinvil and Léonel Raphaël; saying that there was no question of bringing Mr. Dorsinvil for prosecution, nor that he arrest Mr. Dorsinvil, and there was no question, for banning him to leave the country.

Embarrassed, the immigration officials nevertheless confiscated the passport of my client and in the coming hours, and in the coming days we will take over the passport and Mr. Gaillot Dorsinvil will be able to freely go about his business in Haiti, or abroad.

I describe as unfortunate what has happened, and congratulate the Government Commissioner for having enforced the law, despite the pressures. I say that there has been pressure for M. Gaillot Dorsinvil to be arrested, and he was not arrested. I do not know if this pressure came from the Interior Minister, but the order to stop the plane, the order to prevent my client to leave the country, came from Mr. Thierry Mayard-Paul, the Minister of Interior..."

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