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26833: Craig (news) Haiti sacks Supreme Court judges (fwd)
From: Dan Craig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Haiti sacks Supreme Court judges
By Claire Marshall
Five Supreme Court justices have been fired in Haiti, a day after the court
ruled that a Haitian-born US millionaire could run for president.
No reason was given for the sudden sacking of around half of the Supreme Court
They were fired on the direct orders of the interim Prime Minister, Gerard
Latortue, and his justice minister.
The government criticised the decision to allow Dumarsais Simeus to run in
January's presidential elections.
Despite not yet being on the official ballot, Mr Simeus, who lives in Texas,
was shown by the first independent opinion poll conducted to be one of the
However because of his joint US-Haitian nationality, which is against the
constitution, a presidential commission barred him from standing.
The Supreme Court's decision, which confirms an earlier ruling, goes directly
against this, saying that he should be allowed to run.
Now the judges said to be responsible for this decision have been sent into
One Haitian commentator told the BBC that it clearly appears to be a punishment
of these justices.
In a country ravished by insecurity, less than a month before Haitians are due
to elect their first leader since the ousting of former President Jean
Bertrand-Aristide, this is an unwelcome further sign of serious political