Crime/Justice

Appeal filed in case of freed indicted kidnapper in Haiti | Miami Herald


A chief Haiti prosecutor has appealed a controversial court ruling that led to the release and acquittal of an indicted kidnapper with close ties to the presidential family and charged with murder, drug trafficking and operating a kidnapping ring.

Justice Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir told the Miami Herald that the appeal was filed with Haiti’s Supreme Court on Monday by newly appointed Port-au-Prince prosecutor, Clamé Ocname Daméus. Daméus filed the appeal shortly after he was sworn in to replace chief prosecutor Kherson Darius Charles, who was fired Monday.

Charles has been accused of mishandling the politically charged, high-profile case involving Woodly Ethéart, aka Sonson Lafamilia, and his alleged accomplice Renel Nelfort. Both men were indicted last month by an investigative judge but freed Friday after a trial that barely lasted two hours. The case had been on appeal and never should have been set for trial until the appeal had been decided, legal experts contend. via | Miami Herald.

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