Another citizen fell under murderous bullets this Friday, August 28, 2020. He was an important man in our society. It is not that the death of the common people of our country is less distressing or less serious in itself. Nevertheless, when we dare to attack pillars of our institutions, we easily realize the vulnerability of everyone around. From the greatest to the weakest, everyone is threatened and perhaps struck, even in his reputedly inviolable home, the ultimate retirement for everyone.
The President of the Bar of Port-au- Prince, elected even recently, last February, at the helm of this institution, Maître Monferrier Dorval, returned home last Friday after another busy day. It was already late, evening shadows had already covered the capital and its suburbs. The President of the Bar, as it should be, did not live anywhere. His residence is located in Pèlerin 5, an affluent district, nestled in the heights of Pétion-Ville, crisscrossed by the Police and the State security forces, due to the proximity of the private residence of the President of the Republic, SEM Jovenel Moïse and his family. From what we report, there would be a fixed police point at the entrance and exit of this strategic and important district, so that whoever wants to enter or leave it does not enter or leave it without being duly checked and valid. Once inside this controlled and reputedly protected area, Master Monferrier must have felt safe, upon finally returning home. He would have opened the barrier of his residence himself to park his vehicle in the yard. And, on going to close the barrier, he would have been shot, in his yard, with two bullets, quickly and well done. We will then have taken the time to inspect his vehicle to steal his cell phone and phone, before leaving quietly without being disturbed in the slightest by the police forces, opportunely absent from their landlines, it seems, at the time of the call. assassination of this eminent lawyer and university professor.
It was rumored that he was under enormous pressure. From whom exactly? He would not have said it explicitly and publicly, it seems. But he would have confided in a few colleagues and close friends, while swearing that the men of Port-au-Prince will not force him to commit himself to undertakings that his morals and ethics would condemn. Which exactly he has not said explicitly or publicly, but would have confided in colleagues and close friends. Hence the care of his or her assassins to recover their telephone and their cell phone in order, no doubt, to move up the chain of those who know too much and whose silence, a one way or another. Moreover, one of these colleagues publicly reported having noted that his or her murderer (s) who had stolen his phone had taken the trouble to read the messages he had intended for the deceased and that the latter's device was in function until the wee hours of the night.
It is strange, but I recall the fatal misadventure of another member of the Basoche, the Honorable Judge, the late Jean Serge Joseph, if I remember well. He too was under a lot of pressure, before he died, from natural causes, it seems. No doubt he was already plagued by pre-existing morbidities which would have precipitated his very regrettable death. The life of a human being is so fragile… At the time, we had indexed the president of the day who would have wanted the Honorable Judge Joseph to make a decision which would put members of his family out of the question in a lawsuit for corruption that had been brought to them. His morals and ethics did not allow him to haggle over his principles, and we know the rest. Judge Joseph is well and truly dead, and a suspicious natural cause had conveniently served. As luck would have it, the then President, H.E.Michel Martelly, would have participated, a few days earlier, in a meeting arranged by one of the colleagues of the Honorable Dean of the Tribunal. At the time, ex-Senator Moïse Jean-Charles alleged that the judge was poisoned. There was a lot of noise, a lot of noise, but the dust finally settled on this file. It was a state affair, and between friendly states, we were able to find accommodating solutions. An investigative report, produced overseas, had found a stroke. It was so much more convenient that way, wasn't it? This kind of accident happens quite often in normal life, without warning, sometimes even to a judge.
This time too, as luck would have it, the President of the Bar was subjected to undue pressure. President Jovenel Moïse would confess, of his own accord, having spoken, quite recently, with the President of the Bar, but on the Constitution he wants to change. Could this be the only object of the presidential exchanges with the President of the Bar, when the urgency is focused on the possible and short-term holding of legislative elections to reconstitute the two Chambers and find a semblance of normality in the functioning of the State? This emergency is public today, since we now know that Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, has already decreed that legislative elections must be held in Haiti, by the end of January 2021. The problem in all of this is that it will be necessary to set up a new Provisional Electoral Council to carry out these elections and, with the resignation en bloc of the last CEP headed by Léopold Berlanger, last July, the President is hard to find credible partners to agree to commit to this other adventure. It is rumored that the negotiations in progress, on the side of the presidency, would aim above all to reconstitute this apparatus to conduct bogus elections, first at the legislative level, and it must imperatively find some leading figures, quite credible. , to establish its pretensions to hold drinking elections in which a few extras would agree to participate. Who better then than this constitutionalist of great reputation, known to be non-aligned with any of the political parties, therefore neutral enough to consolidate the international community which would willingly validate any result, the slightest guarantee that one would present to him.
The The problem is still this matter of conscience, this intangible that some people simply cannot understand, being accustomed to the down-to-earth, to the good old materialism which disregards everything that can be ethical or moral. This is what explains President Moïse's often disconcerting and raw remarks, when he speaks on certain issues, with broken sticks. This was the case when he had publicly confessed, without seeming to understand the scope of his statements, that he had installed his world in the cogs of the judicial and administrative machine and that, under his government, there would be no witch hunt regarding the PetroCaribe file. He was going to be able to block everything. He had reoffended when he said, also abroad, that he had been forced to appoint some 50 deemed corrupt judges to the judiciary. Very recently, he pushed his audacity and his outspokenness to the point of announcing “accidents” to those who would block his way and who would refuse to take the side to leave the way clear, because no one will be able to stop him. on my way. He has power in his hands and no one can steal it from him. Forgive me for my free translation, but the gist of what he says is there.
Starting from all these clues and tracing the web of striking similarities, I leave it to the reader to guess who benefits from this latest heinous crime. After all, it would be weird if this disjointed opposition could put any pressure on anyone these days. It would be even more bizarre for simple brigands to choose to wait for the President of the Bar, in his own courtyard, in a hypersecure neighborhood, a few steps from the President of the Republic’s reinforced security agents. To crown it all, at the precise moment of this heinous assassination, the public faction forces were apparently no longer there. Better still, a blackout, as rare as it was unexpected in such a strategic district, would have plunged the entire sector into darkness, thus facilitating the movement of criminals who would no longer have to worry about being discovered at the time of their flat rate. Finally, it was neither Christmas nor New Year's Day but there would have been, in this sector, at the same time, it seems, a fireworks display whose crackling could have served to cover the sound of the shots which mowed down the President of the Bar. When we add all these elements one by one, when we consider the thoroughness with which the operation was carried out and the object of the precise interest of these assassins, it is clear that they were in service. ordered, with a well-defined goal: that of recovering incriminating elements, which could link certain interlocutors of the President of the Bar to this sordid crime. A phone is always a “jouda” element, capable of telling many stories that one would think do not exist. The same is true for a laptop. It was necessary to make sure to collect them in order to erase the traces which could lead to the intellectual authors of this criminal conspiracy, and not only to the executors of these dirty works.
I am also perplexed by the speed with which the Ordre des Avocats de Port-au-Prince met to appoint its replacement on an interim basis. As Maître André Michel pointed out, it is very rare for the Order to act with such speed, especially since it has other members of the Council of the Bar of Port-au-Prince who could take care of the day-to-day business, at least, from here to the funeral of the late President of the Bar. It will be interesting to follow this new holder of the Batonnat, Maître Suzy Legros and her Council, to see what decisions she will have to take in the major files for which, in all likelihood, pressure was being put on Maître Dorval to act in function of certain almighty wills.
The wave of repression, which falls on Haiti, is no longer in the lace. We will no longer do in half measures. As President Jovenel Moïse said so well, some will be put aside. Those who refuse to understand the message will be pushed to the side, bluntly. And who knows, maybe there will be a few accidents to mourn. No doubt the season of these fortuitously planned accidents has just begun, with the sudden departure of Maître Monferrier Dorval, President of the Bar of Port-au-Prince, assassinated in the courtyard of his house, not far from the private residence of President Jovenel Moïse, on the evening of Friday August 28, 2020, at Pèlerin 5, in Pétion-Ville, Haiti.
September 1, 2020