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8145: Re: the arrest of Avril (fwd)
Spare me the tears about the former dictator and fugitive from justice,
Oh dear, how awful that "the 64-year-old grandfather sits in an overcrowded
cell at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince...surrounded by dozens of
common crime perpetrators''. - The Miami Herald. Give me a break.
Yeah, let's forget the past and admire an old soldier's transition from
dictator to democrat now he has formed a political party - just like we
should forget about what the FRAPH did (I seem to remember that Toto Constant
wanted to transform his hired killers into a party), forget about what
Pinochet did, forget about what the SS concentration camp commanders did.
Didn't Arkan have political ambitions?
Have any of those worrying about the fate of Avril forgotten that there is an
almighty struggle against impunity being waged in Haiti. Invaluable work is
being done by the 30th September Foundation, the Fouindation to Echo the
Voice of Jean Dominique, the International Lawyers' Office and many others.
Let's support the struggle against the climate of impunity created during the
UN supervised transition from the coup regime to democratic government.
Jean-Claude Duvalier, Michel Francois, Jackson Joanis, Toto Constant AND
Prosper Avril should be put on trial in Haiti. They should be judged for the
crimes they are alleged to have committed. (Stanley Theard too - why not?)The
judicial process should function. The United States should return the
There can be no reconciliation without justice.