Corruption Hearing of Sophia and Olivier Martelly cut short
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Preliminary hearings of First Lady Sophia Martelly and son, Olivier, did not take place on Tuesday at the Criminal Court of Port-au-Prince because of the absence of the public prosecutor.
03.13.2013: Report on failed court hearing by Emmanuel Paul for Vision 2000
Judge Jean Serge Joseph was present and said he was prepared to begin hearing the complaints made against the family members of President Michel Martelly but recognized that in the absence of a prosecutor it would not be possible to do anything.
Even the lawyers for the defendants, Sophia and Olivier Martelly, were present.
Sophia Saint Remy Martelly and Olivier Martelly are accused of corruption, embezzlement of public funds and usurpation of title, according to formal complaints filed against them by civil representative lawyers Newton Saint-Juste and André Michel.
Lawyers André Michel and Saint-Juste deplored the behavior of the head of prosecutions, Government Commissioner Lucmane Delille, who they say is caught in his own trap with the executive.
"We want to see that the judiciary is truly independent as required by the principle of separation of the three powers, but the Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince has been carrying a large policy of 2 weights and 2 measures, acting in the interests of the Executive," launched Saint-Juste.
Saint-Juste said that Olivier Martelly purchased a $115,000[US] car with tax payer money while another politician who purchased a $25,000[US] car with state money was apprehended and imprisoned. The lawyer promised he would not fall prey to discouragement, informing the public that he will continue his efforts to force the court to treat the case fairly and independently.
For his part, André Michel said that if not today, if not tomorrow, one day the presidential family will stand trial for the acts of corruption.
Related 09.28.2012: Senatus says He Was Asked to Make Illegal Arrests
Related 08.21.2012: Haiti: District Attorneys Studying Charges against Wife and Son of President Martelly