Haiti’s former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has decided to challenge a judge conducting a criminal inquiry into acts of corruption, misappropriation of public funds and laundering of drug money blamed on his administration from 2001 to 2004.The dean of the capital’s first instance court, Raymond Jean-Michel, confirmed on Tuesday that he has received, from Aristide’s lawyers, a copy of a motion seeking recusal and disqualification of Judge Lamarre Bélizaire on the grounds of bias.However, law experts are divided on whether the challenged magistrate should refrain from further actions in the case, while the request for recusal is being studied by higher judicial authorities.“I received on August 14, a copy of a request for recusal filed by former president Aristide against Judge Lamarre Belizaire,” Jean-Michel told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network HCNN on Tuesday. via – Curaçao Chronicle.
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