Haitian Senator-elect, Guy Philippe, to plead guilty on drug trafficking and money laundering charges

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 22, 2017 Under: Haiti Breaking News
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Haitian Senator-elect Guy Philippe who was arrested earlier this year and extradited to the United States on a number of drug trafficking and money laundering charges, is expected to plead guilty, court documents show.

Philippe's whose trial is scheduled to start May 1, before his extradition was for over a decade the subject of an international arrest warrant by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

Elected senator in the November 20th 2016 elections, Phillipe led the armed rebellion that ousted the then Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

The Haitian Senate, which is made up of a majority of lawmakers from Phillppe's own party, has adopted a resolution formally condemning the arrest and recommended that the then Minister of Justice, Edouard Camille, be tried for high treason for having authorized the arrest of the man, whom they say enjoyed immunity as an elected Senator.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise who is also of Guy Phillipe's party and had campaigned with him, has not publicly commented on either the arrest nor the resolution that was adopted by the Senate.

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