[News] Haiti - Father Jean Juste beaten, taken to police station
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Thu Jul 21 18:37:05 EDT 2005
Emergency Alert: Father Jean Juste beaten by group 184 people at church,
feels he is under arrest, is being questioned since this morning at police
station and is NOT FREE to go.
This morning, Father Gerald Jean-Juste went to St. Pierre Church in
Petionville. He was part of group of priests and monsegneurs who where
participating in the funeral service of well-known journalist and kidnap
victim Jacques Roches. (For info on Jacque Roches, see "Death Regimes tries
for 'a second December 5th, 2004' attempting to leverage the sad death of
Jacques Roche to criminalize Lavalas and spread more untruths" at:
While walking in with the priest delegation, members of group 184, in the
church started chanting "Jean Juste must go to jail, Jean Juste must go to
jail." They also started a raucous saying that they didn't want Jean-Juste
to take part along with the other priests he was with who would conduct the
HLLN doesn't have all the specific details, but this is what a friend who
just now spoke to Jean-Juste, who is currently at the police station said
to: "A group of 184 coup Detat people, walked up to Father Jean Juste and
started beating him, right in the church. They hit him in the head, eye,
all over. Morally he's very strong. Because yesterday when he left the
Justice Palace, we know he spoke to the media. He let them know that the
kidnappings in Haiti started with the kidnapping of President Aristide and
must stop with the return of President Aristide."
"They don't like his speech to the media yesterday. That's why they beat
him up today."
Even though our phone connection, started to mysteriously beep, before I
lost contact, HLLN's source who had just spoken directly to Father Jean
Juste less than fifteen minutes before, continued "when the atmosphere got
tense, MINUSTHA and the National Police walked over to talk to Jean Juste.
I think they asked him to leave. Then at that moment there was an
aggression. Just as MINUSTHA (UN soldiers) and the Haitian police, who were
in St. Pierre's church, where talking to Jean Juste, that's when group
184 started to beat him senseless. It seems like the police took him from
the church, saying they were taking him out for his own safety. but Father
Jean-Juste now believes he was put under arrest."
"They beat him badly, the GNB. But, right now Father Jean Juste is still at
the police station. He's been there since 9:30 or 9:45 this morning. It's
now past 5 o'clock. So, he now believes he is under arrest. What is
strange, they took him police station that is one block from St. Pierre, a
Catholic church in Petionville. But he is still inside. They won't let him
leave. So it appears
He's been victimized, twice. First by getting beaten right in front of
MINUSTHA soldiers and the National Police and now they won't let him go
home. He is still inside the police Station."
After getting this report, I called Father Jean Juste cell phone directly.
The first time, it was busy. The time was 5:20pm.
I want to get this out fast, but need collaboration. I waited and few
minutes and called again. This time, just now at 5:32pm, Father Jean
Juste's phone was answered by Attorney Bill Quigley.
Bill couldn't stay on the phone for long. Said the police and officials
were just calling them back into a room for further questioning. But he
said, in sum, let the solidarity network and international community know
that we need their help. We need the UN to commit to protecting Father
Jean-Juste. I asked Bill Quigley some quick questions about what happened
and he basically said this "they shoved him, spit on him, cursed him, tried
to hurt him. MINUSTHA was trying to protect him. But the crowd overcame the
protection. A women who tried to help was shoved away..... They called him
"dirty rat." He was assaulted while in full priest clothing."
I asked Bill about Jean Juste condition and whether he was beaten by the
crowd. Bill said that he doesnt know whether father Jean Juste needs
medical help. If I understand correctly, on the surface père Jean Juste
does not need immediate medical care. He was just severely shoved, spit at,
cursed, et al. But according to our first source who spoke to Jean Juste,
the father feels he is under arrest.
Bill Quigley confirmed He is not free to go.
I am sure attorney Quigley, who was with father Jean Juste this morning at
the church and all day at the police station will provide us with more
Write, fax, call UN authorities, who just recently expanded (UN Security
Council Res. 1698) their authority in Haiti and now supervise and control
the Haitian police, ask the UN to stop the officially sanctioned
harassement of father Jean Juste and that he be released from the police
custody immediately. (MINUSTHA and other contact info is on our
July 21, 2005 5:39pm
HLLN Statement - http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/openletter.html
July 21, 2005
Open Letter Demanding a Stop to UN slaughter
of Haitian civilians in Site soleil, Haiti
Demand a Stop to the killings in Cite Soleil
Please send appeals immediately
See Urgent Action Alert
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
President George W. Bush
President of the UN, Jan Eliasson
General Pereira, MINUSTAH
Toussaint Cong-Doudou, MINUSTAH
Juan Gabriel Valdes, MINUSTHA
Mahamane Cisse-Guoro, UN Human Rights office, Haiti
David Beer, Commissioner of CIVPOL
Ambassador Claude Boucher, Canada
M. Yves GAUDEUL, Ambassador of France in Haiti
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