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Press group urges Haiti to act in journalist case

January 21, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An international press freedom group on Tuesday urged Haiti’s government to move forward in the high-profile case of a slain journalist.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that Haitian authorities must bring to justice all those responsible for the 2000 killing of radio commentator Jean Leopold Dominique.

An appellate judge on Friday released a recommendation that nine people be charged for their purported roles in the killing. The same report alleged that the crime’s mastermind is a former lawmaker named Mirlande Liberus Pavert.

Pavert is an ex-senator who belonged to the political party of two-time President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Family Lavalas. Others named in the report also had ties to the party.

The Court of Appeals must now accept or reject the judge’s findings.

A senior government official said the investigation has made “some major progress.”

“While we will not interfere with matters relevant to the judicial power, we remain committed to assisting (the government’s judicial investigative agency) in asserting itself as a fully functional and Independent power,” Salim Succar, a special adviser to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, said in an email.

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