Judge’s mandate is not renewed in Jean Dominique murder case

first_img RSF_en News Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice October 11, 2019 Find out more News Follow the news on Haïti The progress of Judge Gassant’s investigation has been constantly obstructed. His naming of Sen. Dany Toussaint, a member of the ruling Fanmi Lavalas party, as the main suspect in the murder, was followed by numerous threats against the judge by grassroots organisations. Several witnesses of the murder have also died in suspicious circumstances that point directly to the police and the Haitian authorities. Gassant was also obliged to conduct his enquiry amid continual police harassment. The last of a long list of these was on 21 December 2001, when a presidential palace security vehicle deliberately crashed into the judge’s car and threatened him with a gun. In a report on the case on 2 April 2001, RSF deplored the fact that the enquiry had several times almost been shelved. In June 2000, Jean Wilner Lalanne, suspected of having been a link between the masterminds of the murder and those who carried it out, died in suspicious circumstances after being arrested. In January 2001, the senate opposed Judge Gassant’s application to question Sen. Toussaint about the murder. June 11, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts HaïtiAmericas Reporters Without Borders (RSF) protested to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide today against the non-renewal of the investigating judge’s mandate in the Jean Dominique murder case. The judge, Claudy Gassant, was replaced on 23 January by three others, Josua Agnant, Bernard Sainvil and Joachim Saint-Clair. RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to President Aristide that “the murder of Jean Dominique and the numerous obstructions to Judge Gassant’s investigation are a symbol of the impunity that exists in Haiti. With the replacement of Gassant, there is now virtually no hope of finding out the truth about the killing, especially if the authorities continue to block the investigation.” RSF praises the professionalism and seriousness with which Judge Gassant carried out his enquiry in the face of constant threats and pressure. Jean Dominique’s widow, Michèle Montas, and many Haitian journalists’ associations had called for the judge’s mandate to be renewed. News January 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge’s mandate is not renewed in Jean Dominique murder case RSF learns that President Aristide replaced Gassant on 23 January with Judges Josua Agnant, Bernard Sainvil and Joachim Saint-Clair. Gassant, whose term expired on 4 January, has been in the United States since 9 January. He had replaced Judge Jean Sénat Fleury as the investigating judge in September 2000 after Fleury resigned for reasons of personal security. News HaïtiAmericas Organisation Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Jean Dominique, who was well-known for his independence on the air, was gunned down in the courtyard of his radio station, Radio Haiti Inter, on 3 April 2000. Targets of his criticism had included former Duvalierists and soldiers as well as the country’s powerful families (the “bourgeoisie”) and, not long before he died, those he suspected inside Fanmi Lavalas of trying to “divert the movement away from its original ideals.” November 14, 2019 Find out more to go further Another journalist murdered in Haiti Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Philip! Charge Stamp Duty by £100k bands, pleads leading industry CEO

first_imgStamp Duty should be reformed and be charged in £100,000 increments to stimulate activity within the housing market, a leading industry figure has claimed.David Westgate, Group Chief Executive of 80-branch estate agency firm Andrews says that a ‘complete and thorough’ review of Stamp Duty by the Chancellor within his Budget on 29th October is essential in order to reverse the alarmingly sluggish sales market in many parts of the UK.Andrews says Stamp Duty in its current form adds too great an upfront expense to what is an already costly expercise and this consequently puts people off moving home.Hammond’s Stamp Duty“Whilst I’d love to think that a flat rate of Stamp Duty, levelled at 1% could be a viable alternative to the current system, the reality is that the sums simply wouldn’t add up,” says David (left)“However, a reconsideration of the boundaries at which the duty comes in to play could be made.  Increasing each banding by £100k could have a positive effect across the board and stimulate movement in the market.”“Whilst either of these moves would result in smaller individual Stamp Duty receipts, the overall net effect would be to stimulate greater transaction levels and in doing so, ensure that the total funds generated for the Exchequer were at least maintained, if not, increased.”At the moment it is not charged on homes bought for under £125,000 but levied at 2% on the next £125,000 up to £250,000, 5% onwards up to £925,000, 10% onward up to £1.5 million and 12% on anything over £1.5 million. First time buyers pay nothing on homes of up to £300,000 and 5% on the portion up to £500,000.Westgate’s ideas are not the only ones circulating at the moment. Other proposals include tax incentives to encourage landlords to sell their buy-to-let properties to long-standing tenants of three years or more, and Theresa May’s mooted 3% additional Stamp Duty for non-UK based home buyers.Philip Hammond Andrews Chancellor of the Exchequer stamp duty David Westgate October 16, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Philip! Charge Stamp Duty by £100k bands, pleads leading industry CEO previous nextHousing MarketPhilip! Charge Stamp Duty by £100k bands, pleads leading industry CEOAndrews’ David Westgate says it is the only way to stimulate ‘stagnant’ sales market AND keep revenues rolling into HM Treasury.Nigel Lewis16th October 201801,941 Viewslast_img read more