Justice served in Haiti
Haitian police await a verdict at a trial in Les Cayes, Haiti/AP Photo Phildor Jean Pierre Raynaud
Late last year we told you about an extraordinary trial taking place in Les Cayes, Haiti.
In a makeshift courtroom, 14 police officers faced charges in relation to a 2010 prison massacre that occurred after the devastating earthquake the week before.
As we heard from New York Times' reporter Walt Bogdanich, the trial was seen as a watershed by some, given that officials who abuse their power in Haiti are rarely held accountable.
Well, this time, some justice seems to have been served.
Last month, eight of the 14 officers were found guilty.
The judge handed down sentences ranging from two to 13 years of imprisonment and hard labour.
The stiffest sentences were given to the highest-ranking officials.
The court found that the officers opened fire on unarmed inmates who began to riot after the earthquake.
The trial was sparked by a New York Times investigation spearheaded by Bogdanich and fellow reporter Deborah Sontag, who first uncovered the story.
Categories: Promo Box, The View from Here
|Radio One||Thursday 1 pm, 1:30 pm NT Sunday 7 pm, 8 pm AT and 8:30 pm NT|
|Sirius 137||Friday at Midnight & 9 am, Sunday at 10 pm|
- CBC IN PENNSYLVANIA Why Donald Trump's path to win Pennsylvania runs uphill
- U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania. His campaign is resonating in some areas of the state, but will they be enough to put him over the top on Nov. 8?
- 20 years after landmine ban, deaths and injuries down dramatically
- This week marks 20 years since the beginning of the Ottawa Process that led to an international ban on landmines. Canada was instrumental in achieving that treaty, which has been a great success. Activists are now setting their sights on achieving total removal of mines by 2025.
- Analysis Gingrich is above discussing sex lives of politicians? That's a howler: Keith Boag
- Nearly 20 years after leading the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich still bemoans the media fascination with sex over policy. The pretense that he's a policy guy who floats above the unseemliness of character investigations is laughable, Keith Boag writes.
- Video Suspect arrested in vandalism of Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star: report
- Los Angeles police took a man into custody Thursday on suspicion of felony vandalism, reports Variety, after Donald Trump's plaque was destroyed by a pickaxe-wielding vandal.
- Updated Pizza the polar bear showing signs of mental decline in Chinese mall, activists say video
- A three-year-old female polar bear kept in a shopping mall aquarium in southwestern China, at the centre of an animal rights controversy, is showing signs of mental decline, animal welfare groups said.