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9959: Journalist attacked: Another side of the story (AHP article) (fwd)




From: MKarshan@aol.com

Port-au-Prince, 6 dcembre 2001 -(AHP)- The general-secretary of the Haitian 
Journalists' Association, (AJH), Joseph Guyler C. Delva, on Thursday called 
on the judicial authorities to put into action a public prosecution of those 
involved in the violent incidents in Petit-Gove on 3rd December.

M. Delva who has returned from a fact-finding trip to Petit-Gove, revealed 
that the state prosecutor has already begun the process of serving warrants 
against the members of the Dmi Nan Bwa organisation who are accused of 
involvement in the murder of the journalist Brignol Lindor, and against the 
Convergence members who seriously wounded with machete blows a security guard 
of the local National Port Authority, Joseph Cus Duverger. He said that 
these warrants have been dispatched to the police authorities in the normal 
way. 

The journalist Brignol Lindor was killed by machete blows on Monday in the 
locality of Lacul (Petit-Gove) in reprisal for an attack, also with 
machetes, against Joseph Cus Duverger, by demonstrators supporting the 
Democratic Convergence. M. Delva said he had obtained this information from a 
trustworthy source. 

According to the general secretary of the AJH, the members of the Dmi Nan 
Bwa organisation, believed to be close to the Lavalas Family Party, attacked 
M. Brignol, who they believed to be a member of the Convergence, following 
erroneous information according to which Joseph Duverger had died from his 
serious injuries.

Meanwhile, the AJH leader invited the authorities to take immediate action to 
prevent an explosion in Petit-Gove where he said he knew that illegal 
weapons are being circulated.

M. Delva revealed that he and members of a journalists' delegation on Tuesday 
 had to hide in the mayor's toilet when Convergence members launched an 
attack with firearms, stones and broken bottles against mayor Emmanuel 
Antoine's house. AHP 5 dcembre 2001 12:30 PM

(translated from French by Charles Arthur for the Haiti Support Group)

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