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8815: Ex-colonel Carl Dorelien: The Truth (fwd)
On June 1, 2001, in a Sun-Sentinal editorial titled, Americans' viewpoint tends
to be narrow, Kingsley Guy stated, "A distressing tendency among Americans is
that we tend to judge everybody by American standards and American
circumstances. We're justifiably proud of the freedoms we enjoy in the United
States, but our culture developed differently ..." I could not agree more.
On June 22, 2001, a Sun-Sentinal article, "INS nabs ex-army colonel in Haiti
massacre case", and the Miami Herald's article, "INS arrests ex-colonel given
life in Haiti for his role in massacre", slanderously implied that Carl
Dorelien was a prominent soldiers or paramilitary thug who burst into homes,
beat and arrested people, and shoot those who fled - a violator of human
rights. Unless the writer witnessed Mr. Dorelien commit these attrocities -
which the writer could not have been, since Mr. Dorelien did not commit them -
then the writer must have drawn this conclusion through the fact that the
Haitian court sentenced Dorelien "to life in prison with hard labor for [his
theoretical role]in the 1994 Raboteau raid." If this is the case, the writer's
viewpoint also "tends to be narrow". He assumes that not only trials, in
general, but even trials "in absentia" are performed with the same fair
standards to which we are entitled in America, in Haiti. Evidence does not,
however, support this assumption.
In fact, Haiti's Radio Metropole news as recent as the most shocking news of
June 21 & June 22 (see <http://www.metropolehaiti.com/metropole/frameset.html>
clearly demonstrates that one should not judge justice in Haiti "by American
standards and American circumstances".
Additionally, William G. O'Neill, a consultant to the National Coalition for
Haitian Rights states, "Haitian justice lacks everything: resources,
competent personnel, independence, stature and trust"; "Corruption and
extortion thrive at every level of the justice system"; "Most judges and
prosecutors are poorly trained and lack motivation. Many judges ... have never
been to law school, have received no specialized training to be judges and show
little interest in receiving such training"; "Courts lack even rudimentary
materials necessary to function ... Most judges and prosecutors do not even own
the texts essential to their work: the Civil Code, the Code of Criminal
Procedure and the Penal Code"; "Most Haitians view lawyers, judges -- virtually
anyone connected with the justice system -- with well-deserved scorn and
contempt. People will avoid contact with the system unless it is the last
resort. It is expensive, corrupt and largely mysterious ..."; "Although Haitian
law creates elaborate procedures governing arrests, detention, and prison
inspections and monitoring, all these procedures and protections are
systematically breached"; "Conditions in Haitian prisons and detention centers
are inhumane and cruel"; "these prisons lack all basic services: electricity,
potable water, toilets, medical supplies"; "Sexual abuse is common [in prison];
tuberculosis, HIV and other viral diseases are easily transmitted". The
National Coalition for Haitian Rights declares, "[O'Neill's] analysis remains
valid today [14 June 2001]" <http://www.nchr.org/hrp/nc05001.htm>.
We personally know Carl Dorelien. Aside from Carl's outspoken nature, he is
very a very hard working person, and one of the most honest, good, trustworthy
and God-fearing people we have ever met.
We truly do not believe that Carl was personally involved in or capable of
committing the alleged massacre. Carl Dorelien was and is unfairly caught in
the middle of, and being used in an odious, malevolent (inter)national
political game. If anyone is guilty of this crime, Carl is not one of them.
To make Carl pay for others' alleged actions will serve nothing more than an
iniquitous, vengeful, cathartic illusion of justice used to placate an outraged
and volatile citizenry. Others were behind the alleged massacre; it is they
that should be brought forth and punished.
We invite you to visit <http://www.Dorelien.homestead.com> and it's linked
pages, to learn facts about Carl Dorelien.
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