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Please post anaonymously--Re Avril Arrest (fwd)
Bob: don't post this under my name PLEASE. Thanks Bob
Prosper Avril was not a good man. He almost certainly made several million
dollars brokering arms sales for Jean Claude Duvalier. He took power in a
1988 coup d'etat promising to restore democracy and then decided he preferred
to hold on to power himself. He flaunted the torture of Evans Paul, Marino
Etienne and Jean Auguste Mesyeux that his subordinates carried out. He was a
general in an army dedicated to repressing internal dissent.
But what is he accused of? What are the charges and what the evidence?
Perhaps it's there. I hope so. But as others have pointed out, none of the
previous arrests of notorious Duvalierists have been strictly legal or
advanced the integrity of the law or the reputation of the Aristide or Preval
Was Avril part of the Convergence? Was he at some sort of Convergence
meeting? If so, might it not be a good thing that a soldier who once led a
coup d'etat turns to politics? In what other neighboring country has this
happened recently? How about Venezuela?
Sure, he should be made to face all the charges against him, and charges
should be filed by those who were his victims. But if this is not the case,
why not accept that he has joined the opposition? Haiti would be so much
healthier if the past was brought forward and debated, rather than used to
smear. What did the Duvalierists in Cherestal's cabinet and CEP do? What
are their political views now? What does Aristide think about the
Duvalierists and how did he come to view them so differently than he did in
What about a healthy debate about the past and the present?