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Father Jean-Juste Arrested in Port-au-Prince, Held Incommunicado
by Democracy Now (reposted)
Monday Jul 25th, 2005 7:03 AM
Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste, a leader in ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas party, was arrested last week and charged with the assassination of journalist Jaques Roche even though he was in Miami at the time of the murder. Father Jean-Juste is now being held incommunicado. We go to his lawyer, Bill Quigley, who just returned to Louisiana from Port-au-Prince.
Last week we spoke to Father Gerard Jean-Juste from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Father Jean-Juste is a prominent leader in ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas party. We spoke to Father Jean-Juste as he was attending the funeral for Journalist Jacques Roche, cultural editor with the daily Le Matin, who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this month. Hours after we spoke to him, Father Juste was arrested and charged with being the assassination of Jaques Roche even though he was in Miami at the time of the murder.

Father Jean-Juste's lawyer, Bill Quigley tried to visit him twice but was not allowed to see his client. Father Jean-Juste's other attorney, Mario Joseph will try to visit him this week.

Bill Quigley reported yesterday on the Haiti Action News website that "Mario and other Haitian lawyers say there is no basis at all in law for the charges against Father Jean-Juste. All think the government will hold him in jail at least until after the scheduled elections in the fall unless international pressure forces them to act otherwise."

* Bill Quigley, Attorney for Father Jean-Juste