[News] Trial to Begin Against Former Haitian Colonel
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Fri Feb 16 19:32:05 EST 2007
Dear CJA Supporters:
Our trial against Colonel Carl Dorélien, former
member of the Haitian High Command, will begin on
Tuesday, February 20th in federal court in Miami.
Colonel Dorélien was a member of the high command
during the brutal military dictatorship that
ruled Haiti from 1991 through 1994. Dorélien fled
Haiti after the dictatorship ended and moved to
the U.S. in 1995. Human rights groups became
aware of Doréliens presence in the U.S. in 1997
when he won $3.2 million in the Florida lottery.
CJA filed the suit against Dorélien on behalf of
two courageous individuals: Lexiuste Cajuste, a
union leader severely tortured for organizing a
general strike against the military regime; and a
woman whose husband was killed in an infamous
massacre. The suit charges Dorélien with
extrajudicial killing, torture, arbitrary
detention and crimes against humanity. Attached
is a copy of the media advisory issued yesterday.
The trial will likely last a week with testimony
from CJAs clients, eye witnesses, and expert
witnesses. CJAs Legal Director, Matt
Eisenbrandt, and Dwayne Williams of Holland &
Knight will be trying the case. Staff Attorney
Moira Feeney and Legal Intern Jeff Graham are
also part of the legal team in Miami.
Please keep our clients in your thoughts.
Visit our website,
for a copy of the complaint and more information on the case.
PS: CJA relies on contributions from individuals
like you to continue our work. Please consider
making a donation today.
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2007
Moira Feeney, Staff Attorney, mfeeney at cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x302
Pamela Merchant, Executive Director, pmerchant at cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x307
Susan M. Bass, Marketing Communications Manager
for Holland & Knight, LLP susan.bass at hklaw.com, (813) 769-4326
TRIAL TO BEGIN IN MIAMI AGAINST FORMER HAITIAN
COLONEL FOR TORTURE, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING
What: The trial against former Haitian Colonel
Carl Dorélien for torture and extrajudicial
killing is scheduled to begin on February 20,
2007 in Miami. The underlying lawsuit was filed
by the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA)
on behalf of two survivors of human rights
abuses. These courageous individuals have come
forward against Colonel Dorélien to bring to
light the atrocities that they and thousands of
others suffered at the hands of the Haitian Armed
Forces and death squads. CJA is joined by the
firm of Holland & Knight as co-counsel. The trial
is expected to last approximately one week.
Where: U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Florida, James Lawrence King Federal
Justice Building, 99 NE 4th Street., Miami,
Florida, Courtroom 2, 11th floor. Judge James Lawrence King presiding.
When: Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 9:00 a.m.
Who: The defendant, Colonel Dorélien, was a
member of the high command of the Haitian Armed
Forces during the military dictatorship in Haiti
from 1991 to 1994. Doréliens presence in the
U.S. became widely known after he won $3.2
million in the Florida state lottery in 1997.
The plaintiffs are: Lexiuste Cajuste, head of
Haitis largest workers rights organization
during the period of military dictatorship, who
was tortured for demanding the return of Haitis
democratic government; and, a woman who lost her
husband during an infamous massacre in Haiti in 1994.
The plaintiffs are represented by CJA and Holland
& Knight. CJA is a San Francisco-based human
rights organization that works to end impunity by
bringing to justice perpetrators of human rights
abuses, especially those who live in or visit the
Holland & Knight is among the world's 15 largest
law firms, providing representation in
litigation, business, real estate and
Why: CJA Executive Director Pamela Merchant
explains, After waiting more than 12 years, our
clients will finally have their day in court; one
of the many high-ranking members of the Haitian
Armed Forces who found refuge in the U.S. after
the restoration of democracy to Haiti, will have
to answer to a U.S. jury for the allegations of
widespread and severe human rights abuses.
For more information and background on the case,
Center for Justice and Accountability
email: <mailto:center4justice at cja.org>center4justice at cja.org
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