Haitian National Police recommends dismissal of officers involved in raid that left many dead in Martissant

Posted by Alterpresse on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Under: Justice
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The General Inspectorate of the National Police of Haiti recommends to the justice and the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (Dcpj) the dismissal of the police officers, whose guilt is proven in the crimes perpetrated during the operation in Gran Ravin on the heights of Martissant (southeastern periphery of the capital), Monday, November 13, 2017.

Two Police officers killed and four wounded during raid in impoverished neighborhood in Port-au-Prince

Among the recommendations is the dismissal of the offending police, in the event that the court and the DPCJ judge them guilty of crimes, underlines the deputy spokesman of the IgPnh, Jean-Claude Benjamin, at a press conference, this Wednesday, December 6, 2017, attended by the online agency AlterPresse.

The IgPnh wishes psychological support for the police, who took part in the operation, for the families of the policemen killed and for the innocent victims as well as the care of the injured policemen, still being treated in the hospital.

It also encourages the authorities to search for armed civilians operating in Gran Ravin for the purpose of capture.

The IgPnh wishes that the file, relating to the operation of Monday, November 13, 2017, in Gran Ravin, be transmitted to the public prosecutor and Dcpj, for the legal suites.

The operation, conducted in Gran Ravin, was part of a series of actions, planned by the PNH in the run-up to the holidays of the end of 2017. But, there were failures in the context of this operation , as the absence of a senior official on site to control the intervention, recognizes the General Inspectorate of the Pnh.

On the basis of Article 9 of the General Discipline Regulations, recommending the neutrality of the Pnh, police officers are forbidden to organize demonstrations and also to take part in collective demands, reminds the IgPnh, at the same time.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, dozens of national police, without uniforms, marched in Port-au-Prince, to denounce possible Igpnh sanctions against police officers accused of smearing during the operation of the November 13, 2017 in Gran Ravin.

Summary executions took place during the operation, conducted Monday, November 13, 2017, by agents of the Haitian National Police, in Gran Ravin, revealed an investigation report of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (Rnddh), dated November 29, 2017..

"At least five (5) of the 11 people killed were shot in the head, neck and chest. A teacher, named David Jean-Baptiste, was beaten with a gun butt by the police. Then he was shot several times, one on the head. Eleven (11) people, including two National Police officers and nine (9) residents, were killed. Five (5) wounded were registered: a teacher from Maranatha Evangelical College and four (4) police officers. The director of Maranatha Evangelical College, Armand Louis, was beaten, arrested during this operation, and released on 20 November 2017 for humanitarian reasons. Thirty-two (32) people were arrested and taken to the police station in Port-au-Prince. Twenty-two (22) of them were sent to the public prosecutor's office at the Port-au-Prince Court of First Instance. No weapons were recovered by the police. As a result, those killed were not combatants, "says the Rnddh inquiry report.

The Rnddh recommends accompanying the parents of the police and the inhabitants, killed on November 13, 2017, to serenely treat the files of the arrested persons, as part of this operation, and to launch "a serious and objective investigation" on this file, to identify those responsible for the abuses committed and to punish them.

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