Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2006 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) 2006 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.
Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc (CAVERT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc (CAVERT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc (CAVERT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc (CAVERT.ng) 2018 abridged results.Company ProfileCaverton Offshore Support Group Plc is a fully integrated offshore support company in Nigeria offering marine and aviation logistics services for the oil and gas industry in sub-Sahara Africa. The company provides offshore and onshore logistic support with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft; private charter services for air tours and aerial photography; maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopters; and executive ground handling services for helicopter and private jets. Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc owns and manages marine vessels which includes anchor handling tug supply vessels for positioning, maintaining and moving oil and gas rigs; and platform supply vessels for transporting equipment to offshore platforms. The Caverton Group was formed to acquire Caverton Helicopters Limited and Caverton Marine Limited, both of which were already operating in the Nigerian offshore oil and gas logistics industry. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Please enter your comment! In what is expected to be the first of many 3-2 votes, The Apopka City Council approved Mayor Joe Kilsheimer’s two new appointments to The Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Board (LANGD) – Commissioner Diane Velazquez and himself. Kilsheimer and Velazquez replace former Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith who served since 2012, and Commissioner Billie Dean who served since 2014.But neither of them left the Board quietly.Commissioner Billie Dean“I wish to continue my service on LANGD where I serve as secretary,” said Dean. “There was absolutely no professional consideration granted to my service or my experience or education. I am insulted that this important item was not placed on the May 4th agenda. Rather it was placed on the Mayor’s Report…thus surprising me, the Council and City Staff.”Kilsheimer pushed back with over 50 years of precedent, and insults he endured in 2014.“Dating back to 1959, we were able to find records of more than 21 appointments to the LANGD. And on every single occasion, it was the prerogative of Mayor Land and Mayor Hurst. It is under the charter of The City of Apopka that I am entitled to make appointments to LANGD. Commissioner Dean, I’m sorry you were insulted, but I too was insulted two years ago when I was left off the Board of LANGD. It was stated to me prior to that last meeting that Mayor Land wished to appoint Commissioner Arrowsmith and yourself and I went along, because supposedly I would be appointed to the Wekiva Basin Board by the Governor. And Mayor Land said he would recommend me. Well, I’ve never been appointed for whatever reason.”This did not impress Dean, who called on Kilsheimer and Velazquez to prove their qualifications to sit on the LANGD Board.“I have experience,” said Dean. “The person you are trying to get on the board has none whatsoever. And you don’t either.”“I am deeply familiar with municipal utilities across the state of Florida.” answered Kilsheimer. “I was part of the effort in Winter Park to create an electric utility. I was part of the effort of a former client to negotiate the sale of electricity from their facility in Lake County to The City of Winter Park. I’ve done public relations work for The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). I worked in Tallahassee on issues relating to public utilities. I’ve got a lot of deep experience when it comes to municipal utilities.”He went on to describe his concerns with the LANGD.“I know for example that the OUC puts in 45-million-dollars to Orlando’s budget. Clearwater Natural Gas puts 19-million-dollars into the City of Clearwater’s budget. LANGD hasn’t put in anything. Now I know they say they’re paying off bonds, but they’ve been in existence since 1959, and the idea that since 1959 they’ve been issuing bonds and re-issuing bonds and never making a payment to their shareholders…I question that. LANGD clearly states it will be operated for the benefit of its member cities. And I have questions about that. I have questions about why LANGD operates the way it does. It does not appear to be responsive to the business owners of NW Orange County, and so I think it is entirely under my prerogative as mayor to make an appointment of myself and Commissioner Velazquez. To the Board and ask that Council approve it.”Commissioner Velazquez reading from a letter outlining her qualifications as well as responding to Arrowsmith’s comment in The Apopka Voice’s article from last week in which he said ‘she would have nothing to add’.“I bring to this council decades of experience working and serving the public with over 21 years law enforcement experience which covers many levels of internal and external community issues. I sit on the Board of The Apopka Chamber of Commerce, The Orange County Public School Hispanic Advisory Board, the Board of Orange Technical College, and the board of the Tri-County League of Cities. I sit here proud to be a commissioner for the City of Apopka. The reference made “I have nothing to add” is insulting, demeaning and disrespectful without merit.Personal opinions do not need to be a part of appointments. It is unacceptable to me as well as being inappropriate. I ask for it to cease. I bring to the table decades of both professional and personal experiences as well as knowledge and leadership.”Commissioners Kyle Becker and Doug Bankson also differed in their approach to this issue. Becker cited a fresh perspective to the change, while Bankson wanted to blend a new member (Kilsheimer) with an experienced one (Dean).Commissioner Diane Velazquez“It’s always good to have a fresh set of eyes and new perspective and I can’t really harp on the experience issue because I didn’t have any experience when I sat in this chair two meetings ago,” said Becker. “So it’s very simple, it’s a constant fresh perspective, and new eyes on the board.”“I do believe Commissioner Velazquez has qualifications to serve on a board as anyone who sits here should have. But looking at this I’m asking myself are there more qualifications that she would have that Commissioner Dean would not have? And that’s where I lean with experience as I would with anyone, “My expression would be to find a balance in that I think that would ease some of the personal issues.”Kilsheimer ended the discussion by supporting his nominee Velazquez.“I’m not denigrating Commissioner Dean by any stretch. But I do have deep respect for Commissioner Velazquez…not only for her knowledge and tenacity, but her ability to separate fact from fiction.”In the end, Becker, Kilsheimer and Velazquez voted in favor, while Bankson and Dean opposed. The next LANGD Board meeting is this morning at 10AM. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. 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ArchDaily Mar Vista House / Part OfficeSave this projectSaveMar Vista House / Part Office ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952402/mar-vista-house-part-office Clipboard Save this picture!© Naho Kubota+ 16Curated by Paula Pintos Share Mar Vista House / Part Office “COPY” Houses Year: Area: 1516 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Part Office Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Naho KubotaDesign Team:Jeff Kaplon, Kristin Korven, Israel CejaContractor:Racing GreenCity:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Naho KubotaRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsJUNGLight Switch and Light – Plug + LightDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. The Mar Vista house is the renovation of a 1953 bungalow in west Los Angeles. Located two miles inland from the ocean, the property sits at the end of a cul-de-sac within a larger suburban masterplan.Save this picture!© Naho KubotaThe client, the owner of a boutique apparel store, wanted a home with a subdued contrast to the color and patterns found in her shops. In response, we explored an “all-white house.” This seemingly simple directive proved to be conceptually challenging given the context of the existing house. While it was almost entirely white, to begin with – a trademark of similar homes that are hastily “upgraded” for appeal within the real estate market – it lacked the light, depth, detail, and comfort the owner sought.Save this picture!DiagramSave this picture!SectionAs such, we approached this design with great nuance and variety to attain a gradually unfolding depth within each space while maintaining a general sense of calmness. Unconsidered objects of domesticity, customary details of construction, and industry-standard uses of materials were examined and redefined to subvert their traditional representation within the home.Save this picture!© Naho KubotaThe kitchen island and hood are treated like sculptural objects, curved to soften their presence within the space. Skylights are designed like furniture and clad with millwork, each fitted with an internal light fixture to provide illumination at all times. Traditional material hierarchies are inverted, with graphic marble at cabinet bases and custom concrete backsplashes above. More than a dozen “white” materials with slight tactile and tonal shifts are used throughout the house, including various marbles, fabrics, stones, concrete, glass, lacquers, powder-coats, stains, and paints. Each room is assigned a unique palette defined by use, and all surfaces are detailed flush to avoid anyone material-plane taking precedence over another.Save this picture!© Naho KubotaA new sunken seating area is inserted into the living room, evoking the conversation pits popular during the era of the original home. This new arrangement’s unusual perspective of the house from below ground-level reinforces the atypical material strategies and offers a unique vantage point of the rear garden. At the opposite end of the house, an oblique millwork tunnel is angled to provide views outdoors from the master bedroom, while also concealing a hidden closet within. Several custom furniture pieces and upholstered areas were also designed to suit the planned use of each space.Save this picture!© Naho KubotaDaylight acts as the final “material” coalescing all of these strategies, continually redefining the house with shifting layers of light, shadow, reflection, gradient, and hue as the sun moves.Save this picture!© Naho KubotaProject gallerySee allShow lessPrivate Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior DesignSelected ProjectsHouse of Jabuticabeiras / mf+arquitetosSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Los Angeles, United States 2019 Projects CopyAbout this officePart OfficeOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on December 02, 2020Cite: “Mar Vista House / Part Office” 02 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: regulation Advertisement Fundraising Regulator appoints interim chief executive The Fundraising Regulator has announced the appointment of Stephen Dunmore, former chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, as interim chief executive.During his 12-month appointment, Dunmore will be responsible for leading the setting up of the new fundraising body, working with the interim chair, Lord Michael Grade and the Board.The new fundraising body will regulate all charity fundraising and take over ownership of the code of practice from the Institute of Fundraising. It is expected to be in operation by Spring 2016.Dunmore said:“I very much welcome the opportunity to lead the development of the new organisation. The tremendous contribution that the charitable sector makes to our society depends on the trust that all those who donate have in our charities. I will work closely with charities large and small alongside other key partners to ensure that the Fundraising Regulator maintains and enhances that trust”.Since 2008, Dunmore has held a variety of interim chief executive posts, including at Capacitybuilders, The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the National Consumer Council. He is currently a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Melanie May | 16 December 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
September 10, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Zero tolerance for the media : an enquiry into the murder of journalist Brignol Lindor Questions also arise about Aristide’s “personal” gift of a jeep to Judge Duclair to “help” him in his investigation. Was this genuine help or an attempt to quietly corrupt him in a matter involving Lavalas government supporters? The few arrests among the presumed killers and the effective clearing of the instigators are preliminary answers to these questions until the judge’s report appears.The gift of the jeep highlights the lack of independence of the judiciary from the executive branch in the Haitian system. Investigating judges, theoretically independent, rely for advancement on the country’s president, who appoints them to three-year terms. This prerogative was included in the 1987 national constitution to establish a judge’s authority independently of political parties and government officials. The judge’s power comes only from the head of state, to whom the Constitution only gives a role of referee, since executive power is officially only exercised by the prime minister, who is appointed by a majority in Parliament. In reality, the Constitution is abused and all real power is held by the president, as is the tradition in Haiti.A plot against Lindor?The family and friends of Lindor accuse the government and its local agents of having deliberately instigated his murder. This view appears to have been rejected by both the prosecutor and the investigating judge and the Reporters Without Borders / Damocles team was not able to find any clear evidence to support this theory.Some say Lindor’s movements could not be foreseen, which weakens the theory of a plot, even though, Lindor’s friends say, one of his colleagues at the customs office could have alerted the killers that he was coming, by going ahead of him on a bicycle. What happened to Love Augustin however suggests the attackers were set on killing whoever came their way and that they were not expecting Lindor. The evidence of Augustin and Clédanor, the only direct witnesses, and the statements of Duvergé however show a clear link between Bony’s explicit order and the killing.The murder seems to have been a genuine lynching, a form of summary justice common in Haiti, linked to a Haitian phenomenon known as a “kouri” (running), a kind of crowd panic or reaction in which unthinking action cannot be prevented. This “kouri,” provoked by the Domi Nan Bwa militants, occurred using the only weapons that rural Haitians usually have to hand – machetes, axes, picks (used to clear a field of pebbles), hoes and also stones. The killers also seem to have tried to burn the body (the burns on both legs), to turn the crime into a “necklacing.” It seems significant that no firearms were used. This too suggests that Lindor’s murder was not planned.Conclusions and recommendationsThe investigation by Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network shows that, beyond the chronic lack of resources of the Haitian police and justice system, the local enquiry into Lindor’s death has serious deficiencies. Among these are the absence of any on-the-spot investigation by the judge or the police, the failure by police to execute arrest warrants issued against murder suspects still walking around freely and the judge’s lack of energy in hearing witnesses. The slim results of the local enquiry are all the more shocking because Haitians as a whole, as well as the outside world, were appalled by this macabre killing and have demanded the punishment of those who did it.The decision of the investigators not to pursue the people who attended the 30 November press conference shows a bias when, according to observers we spoke to, the remarks of Dumay Bony were a clear invitation to murder. The judge’s attitude in this only strengthens the suspicion of corruption suggested by President Aristide’s gift of a jeep. The lack of punishment of most of the instigators by their government employers also confirms this is a flagrant example of impunity extended by the government to its over-zealous supporters.So nine months after the murder of Brignol Lindor, those who killed him and those who encouraged his murder have hardly been touched, even though the killers immediately admitted their deed and the instigators made an open call for him to be killed. The murder was in fact the culmination of a string of threats and physical attacks against journalists by declared supporters of the government. It is part of a wider strategy by the authorities to make use of para-legal militias to intimidate the media. The closeness ties between the government and the grassroots organisations is such that Hendel Carré, spokesman for President Aristide, was recently forced to point out that statements by these organisations were not official statements.Was it a premeditated act or a dangerous attitude that got out of hand? Whatever the truth, as in the earlier murder of radio journalist Jean Dominique, the serious irregularities that have marred the local enquiry into Brignol Lindor’s death suggest that state institutions are protecting those who killed him. This conclusion is reinforced by the absence of any clear condemnation by the authorities, especially President Aristide, of the public lynchings carried out as part of applying “zero tolerance.” Apart from the serious attack on press freedom that this crime represents, what is shown up is the whole policy of “zero tolerance” and the legitimisation of summary executions carried out by the population or para-legal groups. RSF_en Receive email alerts October 11, 2019 Find out more News News Reports Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network call on:Judge Fritzer Duclair:- To investigate the attempt at bribery reported by a resident of Petit-Goâve and which the two above organisations have informed him of.- To investigate the suspected involvement of Collin Bélony, Bernard Desama and Tirésias in the death of Brignol Lindor, as revealed by the same resident.- To investigate the responsibility of those at the 30 November press conference and prosecute them for “incitement to murder.”The prison authorities:- To agree to Judge Duclair’s request to transfer Maxi Zéphyr from the central prison to the jail in Petit-Goâve so that he can be heard by the judge in connection with his presumed involvement in the killing.The police:- To execute as quickly as possible the arrest warrants against the presumed killers.- To launch an internal enquiry about the attitude of the Petit-Goâve police station in the hours after the murder.President Jean-Bertrand Aristide:- To explicitly condemn all public lynchings and to state clearly that the policy of “zero tolerance” is strictly subject to the limits of the law.The European Union and the US Congress:- To take individual sanctions against those Haitian officials who, by their action or inaction, are obstructing the enquiry into the murder.In the light of the data gathered during this investigation, those officials are:Jean-Bertrand Aristide, President of Haiti ; Yvon Neptune, Prime minister ; Jean-Baptiste Brown, Minister of justice and public security ; Jeannot François, Director of the police investigations departmentThe personally-targeted sanctions requested are the refusal of entry and transit visas for European Union countries and the United States for the persons named and their families, as well as the freezing of any foreign bank accounts they have.Such measures are appropriate because the impunity prevailing in this murder case is part of a strategy by the authorities to silence journalists deemed over-critical of the government. Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network have already called for similar sanctions against other Haitian officials who, by their action or inaction, are obstructing the enquiry into the murder of journalist Jean Dominique.Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network are considering filing a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights denouncing the impunity enjoyed by those who killed Brignol Lindor. HaïtiAmericas Another journalist murdered in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Haïti HaïtiAmericas Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice by Christian Lionet and Calixto AvilaA Reporters Without Borders / Damocles Network investigation in Haiti – September 2002A journalist was beaten to death in the town of Petit-Goâve on 3 December 2001 by a gang of killers with ties to local politicians and President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas (“Avalanche”) movement. The particularly gruesome killing cut down Brignol Lindor, an intelligent, able and cultivated young man of 31 who kept apart from squabbling factions. Many saw him as the “future” of this deprived town where he was born, 70 kms southwest of Port-au-Prince.The murder happened at a time when press freedom in Haiti was steadily deteriorating in the wake of the killing of Jean Dominique, head of the radio station Haiti-Inter, on 3 April the previous year. Between January and November 2001, at least 16 journalists were threatened or physically attacked, mostly by police or self-styled militants of Fanmi Lavalas (Lavalas Family – FL), Aristide’s political party, who justified their actions by accusing the media of playing into the hands of the opposition by criticising the government. The lack of any investigation into these abuses and the many obstacles encountered in the enquiry into Dominique’s murder show that those responsible are protected by the authorities.In this atmosphere, the killing of Lindor was seen by the entire media as a new warning. During the alleged coup attempt of 17 December last year, since dismissed as bogus by the Organisation of American States (OAS), many journalists were targeted by government supporters. Fearing they would meet the same fate as Lindor, more than a dozen decided to leave the country. Others have since followed.Today, the progress of the investigations of the two murders is being closely watched by the media, who are waiting for their attackers to be reined in. But nine months after Lindor’s death, only four of his 20 attackers identified by a range of sources have been arrested. The rest, some well known locally and proud of what they did, have not been touched by the police. The wheels of justice are turning very slowly. The expected trial will not start until next year’s session of the court of assizes and most of the accused will probably be tried in their absence.The investigating judge also seems likely to spare those who seem to have instigated the crime – local officials and members of the Petit-Goâve town council at the time. Most of them are still in office. These officials had called Lindor a “terrorist” and said he should be subjected to “zero tolerance,” a term used several months earlier by Aristide that many Haitian observers saw as a clear invitation to lynch criminals on the spot. The term was used by Lindor’s attackers when they killed him and in remarks made to a Haitian press freedom organisation just two days after the murder.In a country torn by passions and violence, bled white by pervasive corruption and abandoned by the international community, the Lindor affair is a sad and eloquent example of the impunity enjoyed by the agents and accomplices of a multi-faceted authoritarian regime served by autonomous interlocking networks that do what they please. June 11, 2019 Find out more Organisation “Zero tolerance” for the “terrorist” Brignol LindorOn 28 November, five days before his murder, Lindor presented, as he did every Wednesday, his discussion programme “Dialogue” on a local radio station, Echo 2000. To reflect current events, his guests that day were three opposition spokesmen who for two hours called on the population in virulent terms to give strong backing to a national protest strike against the government over the next two days. The stoppage was a success in Petit-Goâve, where most people support the anti-Aristide opposition Democratic Convergence alliance. It was marked by demonstrations, violent clashes between FL and opposition supporters, clashes with police and some shooting.On the morning of 30 November, the local pro-FL authorities reacted with a press conference which, as often in Haiti, resembled a political meeting. Deputy mayor Dumay Bony, one of the three members of the town council, said they were launching an operation to “put an end to disorder.”Bony said he wanted to start a “long-term campaign against troublemakers” and called for a “vigilante squad” to “help legal officials and police to properly implement zero tolerance for all terrorists.” Amid applause and cries of “Aristide or death!” he then read out the names of five local officials he accused of being activists who had infiltrated the town government and against whom he called for “public action” to be taken. Lindor, who also worked at the local customs office, was the second name on the list.On 3 December, the mood in the town was very heated. Opposition supporters staged a demonstration which was swelled by schoolchildren in the late morning. At about 11.30 a.m., police roughly dispersed the crowd. Around midday, according to a report on the situation by the Petit-Goâve Journalists’ Association (AJPEG), two FL militants wounded a Convergence supporter with a machete. At the same time, police fired on a group of demonstrators who had built a burning barricade of old tyres on the main road near the town. As they fled, the demonstrators came across a well-known FL supporter, Joseph Duvergé, leader of a “grassroots organisation” (group of Aristide supporters) called Domi Nan Bwa (“Sleep in the Woods,” or resistance fighters). They stoned him and left him for dead. Police later took him to hospital with serious injuries.Hacked to death with axes and machetesThe same day, at 12.15 p.m., Lindor, who had another job as a teacher, finished giving a social science class at the Caribbean Secondary Centre school in Petit-Goâve. He went to the Toussaint Louverture College, where a friend, journalist and teacher Emmanuel Clédanor, was waiting for him. Clédanor had agree to drive him in his jeep to L’Acul, a village five kms from the town. A jeep was needed to get there because the road was very bad and you could only drive at walking pace.They left at around 12.30 p.m. and passed in front of the customs office. That day he was wearing the shirt, tie and shoes he wore for his job there. They then stopped briefly at a place called Curtis, on the way out of town, for Lindor to chat with someone he knew. The jeep stopped again at a small garage on the edge of the town. A man accosted them, shouting insults, and Lindor asked Clédanor to drive off quickly because he knew the man was a “Lavalas rouge” (fanatical FL supporter).They got to L’Acul at about 1 p.m., to a neighbourhood called Mont Carmel. A hot-headed group of people stopped the jeep. Without turning off the engine, Clédanor got out to talk to them. “What’s going on?” he asked. He recognised members of the Domi Nan Bwa group, including one of his former pupils, Maxi Zéphyr, who told him: “You’ll find out!” and threw a stone at the jeep.Clédanor then saw Lindor run away and take refuge in the nearest house at the side of the road. He himself ran to the other side into a field of sugar cane and peas. He managed to get away, with the help of one of the attackers, called Aboundai.The other assailants focused on Lindor. Various witnesses who spoke later to Haitian journalists and the Reporters Without Borders / Damocles team said the house Lindor fled to belonged to Pétuel Zéphyr Jr (known as Ti Pétuel), a brother of Maxi Zéphyr and a member of the L’Acul local assembly (ASEC). But he was immediately thrown out. A man named Fritzler Doudoute then reportedly kicked him to the ground and, according to the AJPEG report, a man known as Ti Simon hit him with an axe.The lynching began, reportedly involving Raymond Désulmé, Sissi Dio, D’or Monal, Joël Jolifils, Saint-Juste Joubert, Bob Toussaint, Lionel Doudoute, Ti Florian, Jean-Raymond Flory and Sedner Sainvilus (known as Ti Lapli). The last four, as well as Ti Pétuel, denied they were present. A man called Tirésias then appears to have stabbed Lindor with a pick, as did Colbert Ambalane. A third man, Bernard Desama, is said to have thrown a stone at his head. Lindor, who was perhaps dead by then, was burned on the legs, above the knee. His body was dragged into a field and left lying face down in a puddle of water.The attackers returned soon afterwards to burn the jeep. A witness the Reporters Without Borders / Damocles team spoke to, who asked to remain anonymous, said a man called Collin Bélony was involved in this. The witness said Bélony showed up after Lindor had been killed but was told to go and get a can of petrol from a shop on the main road about a kilometre away. He said Fritz Doudoute, the brother of Fritzler and Lionel Doudoute, then used the petrol to set fire to the jeep.Police inactionWhen he got home, Clédanor called the police. But the person who answered twice hung up on him. News of the attack quickly reached the town via people arriving from nearby Miragoâne who had been diverted through L’Acul because the main road was blocked by demonstrators’ barricades. Lindor’s younger brother Moreno learned of the attack at about 1.30 p.m. and was told Brignol had been seriously injured. A friend, Sincère Montigène, a member of AJPEG, advised him to go to the police station, where he was told they knew about the attack but that no officer had yet been sent to the scene.Moreno then informed the local prosecutor, Bellande Dumerzier, at the courthouse. Dumerzier had already been contacted by an investigating judge, Clédanor’s brother Alexandre, in whose house Emmanuel had taken refuge after the attack. Dumerzier had already ordered police to go to the scene of the crime, he told Moreno.Moreno said he went back to the police station six more times, along with his cousin Louis Géraud. At first, police chief Alix Alexandre, perhaps innocently mixing up the attack on Lindor with the earlier one on Duvergé, said Lindor had only been injured. Later, the duty police officer told them a patrol would be leaving any minute. Finally, annoyed by Moreno and Géraud’s insistence, he shouted: “I’m staying here. Leave us alone. I’m not going anywhere.”The funeralGéraud and another cousin of Moreno and Brignol, Dominique Jean, then decided to go to the scene of the crime themselves. The attackers had disappeared and they found the body, which they hid elsewhere in the field before returning to town to look for a vehicle. They noticed that the windows of Clédanor’s jeep had been smashed.In Petit-Goâve, the two cousins persuaded people from the Notre Dame undertakers firm to go with them. They picked up the badly-mutilated corpse and put it in the hearse. They noticed that since they were last there, the jeep had been burned. As they returned to town, they met a vehicle carrying prosecutor Dumerzier, justice of the peace Julien Lenor and police chief Alexandre. The three men examined the body and went back to town as well. Lindor’s body was taken to the Notre Dame funeral home. That evening, an unidentified group of people triumphantly brought his bloodied tie to the offices of radio Echo 2000.The killers confess: “Brignol was asking for it.”On 5 December, Guyler Delva, secretary-general of the Haitian Journalists’ Association (AJH), did an on-the-spot enquiry. Police chief Alexandre gave him four police escorts “for his own safety.” They took him to L’Acul to see the leaders of Domi Nan Bwa. Delva could not identify them because he did not previously know them, except for Duvergé, who had come out of hospital, and Zéphyr Jr, owner of the house where Lindor had tried to take refuge.The group told Delva, according to a tape of their conversation, that they had “taken part in the lynching not of a journalist but of a member of Convergence called Brignol Lindor. We heard that one of the founders of our organisation (Duvergé) had been attacked with machetes by Convergence supporters,” they said. “So we got together at once. And then some Convergence members (Lindor and Clédanor) turned up and terrorised people by firing shots (neither Lindor nor Clédanor had weapons when they went to L’Acul). The local people went after them and we stoned them and hit them with sticks until one of them, Lindor, stopped breathing.””We don’t recognise Lindor as a journalist,” they said. “He’s a member of Convergence and a customs official who pays people to attack FL members in Petit-Goâve,” they told Delva. Duvergé added: “Lindor is a criminal, he was asking for it. He wasn’t killed by one, two or five people. If 10, 15 or 20 people kill someone, nobody should be arrested. He’s dead and gone. Brignol isn’t king, he’s a cheat, a customs official who steals public money and who’s trying to mess up this country. (…) This is why zero tolerance was meted out to him.”A few days later, the recorded confessions of the killers were broadcast by radio stations and Delva gave the information he had gathered to prosecutor Dumerzier, who had taken charge of the case.”Don’t bother with him, get the journalist”Love Augustin nearly met the same fate as Brignol Lindor. On 3 December, Augustin, 56, who has a drinks business in the centre of Petit-Goâve, went on his Honda motor-cycle to the small plot of land he owns near L’Acul to gather mangoes and coconuts.”I was surrounded by about 30 youths with machetes and axes,” he said. “They stopped me and shouted ‘You’re not Lavalas’ and so on and ‘We’re going to kill you.’ They surrounded me and held a machete to my throat. I told them ‘I don’t do politics, I don’t do anything, I’m nobody.’ Then a jeep appeared. Joubert, who was clearly the leader, told the group “Don’t bother with him, get the journalist. It’s Brignol Lindor. The councillor (Bony) said ‘zero tolerance’ for this journalist.’ Then everyone rushed towards the jeep and stopped it. I escaped as fast as I could and hid about 500 metres away. Then people told me Lindor was dead. I went and told the police.”Lindor’s funeral on 10 December saw an impressive turnout around the church and clashes with pro-Aristide “chimères” (street thugs). Police intervened violently and used tear-gas and only a few people managed to make it to the cemetery for the burial. Moreno Lindor said he and his father had to slip out of the church for fear of being attacked by government supporters.Only four suspects jailedIn the days after the funeral, prosecutor Dumerzier issued about 20 summonses against people suspected in both the murder of Lindor and the attack on Duvergé. By the end of July this year, only four people suspected in the murder had been jailed – Fritz Doudoute, Ti Florian and Sedner Sanvilus (Ti Lapli) in Petit-Goâve, and Maxi Zéphyr, who was arrested in Port-au-Prince for another matter and who is now in the central prison there. A fifth suspect, Colbert Ambalane, was reportedly detained briefly in early June.The preliminary legal investigation of the case was finally assigned to Judge Fritzner Duclair, who was unable to get permission to transfer Zéphyr to Petit-Goâve. We hear the judge has almost completed his investigation and the prosecutor nearly has his case ready. Duclair was expected to issue seven arrest warrants in early September but to free Ti Florian and Sainvilus for lack of evidence. The murder charge against Doudoute was expected to be changed to arson, a crime that also has to be tried by the assize court. The three men have reportedly convinced the judge that they were not at the scene of the crime when it happened.Keeping up appearancesThe authorities deny protecting anyone from prosecution. They blame the lack of arrests on the inability of the police to operate in what they say is a virtually lawless neighbourhood whose inhabitants refuse to cooperate and by the fact that the main suspects seem to be in hiding.They say they have done all they can. President Aristide has personally given Duclair a new Montero Mitsubishi jeep worth 42,000 euros to help him do his job. The local-born police at the Petit-Goâve police station have been transferred to avoid possible complicity with the suspects. Police chief Alexandre has been switched to a desk job at police headquarters in Port-au-Prince, which could be seen as a punishment. The three-member Petit-Goâve town council was forced to resign in early January this year after the angry demonstrations at Lindor’s funeral. The government has appointed in their place three new councillors considered non-political moderates, with order to calm the situation down. Prosecutor Dumerzier says he has received formal instructions from the ministers of justice and the interior to get the enquiry going, saying that “they themselves had an interest in it making progress.” So the situation is moving towards an assizes trial where most of the accused will be tried in their absence.Passivity and slowness of legal officials and the policeBut this has only been for the sake of appearances. Without denying the serious problems involved, including very difficult communications in Petit-Goâve and the meagre resources of police and legal officials, the enquiry into the murder and the preliminary legal investigation have been excessively slow and totally inadequate. This slowness is all the more shocking because Haitians and the outside world, who were appalled by Lindor’s tragic murder, are demanding a serious enquiry by the authorities.Police took Guyler Delva, two days after the killing, to meet suspects, yet they have since been unable to arrest most of them, even though they know their names. Most have indeed gone into hiding, but some, including Joubert, are regularly seen in Petit-Goâve, even making threats to Lindor’s friends. Seven members of the journalist’s family were also forced to flee the country in April.The autopsy of the body was done a few days after the murder at the family’s request. The police have made no technical examination of the scene of the crime. Lindor’s family even said in mid-July that police had still not visited the scene. The prosecutor, while admitting the failings of the police, denies this. “We went to L’Acul the very next day, this time with a police patrol. There was nobody there, people’s doors were closed, everyone had fled, there wasn’t even a dog to be seen.”The case was given to the examining magistrate, Judge Duclair, on 8 January this year. But he did not start hearings until a month later and then did not hear several key witnesses, including the suspects identified by local people, those present at the 30 November press conference and those who made independent enquiries such as AJPEG secretary-general Michelène Hilaire. No confrontation with witnesses has taken place, especially between the jailed suspects or between Delva and the people he spoke to from Domi Nan Bwa – Duvergé and Zéphyr Jr. Only about 30 witnesses have been heard in all. Police detectives in Haiti have meagre technical resources, so evidence by witnesses is the key to any investigation.The Lindor family’s lawyer, Jean-Joseph Exumé, wonders why Judge Duclair is taking so long to formal conclude his investigation and notes that the three-month time-limit (under a 26 July 1979 law) to conduct and publish the results of an investigation has been expired. The slowness of the judge, he says, is even more unreasonable since both the instigators of the murder and those who carried it out have been identified by a variety of sources.The instigators are put out of reachNo charges are likely to be laid against those who appear to have been the instigators, if not the masterminds, behind the murder of Lindor – those who gave the press conference on 30 November, notably Dumay Bony, the main speaker on the occasion. Legal officials however have a tape of his very explicit remarks, as well as a list of people who attended the press conference in their official capacities. These include Robinson Desrosiers, director of customs, Jud Laporte, deputy manager of the port, Henri-Claude Leconte, secretary-general of the Petit-Goâve Peasant Movement (MPPG), who is considered leader of the pro-FL grassroots organisations in Petit-Goâve, Roger Mackenzy, the manager of the port, Jean Willio Manéus, manager of Téléco (the phone company), Dufort Milord, the FL member of parliament for Petit-Goâve, and Fritzel Poussin, head of the town’s social affairs office. All of them are FL sympathisers or well-known FL activists, since Haitian tradition requires that the government name its own supporters to fill all public sector or administrative positions. Jean-Raymond Flory, coordinator of Domi Nan Bwa and a suspect in the murder, was also at the press conference.The legal authorities do not think what Bony said was in any way an incitement to murder. They say it was just a call to state officials (police and the courts) to carry out a publicly-issued order by the head of state and that “zero tolerance” means no more than strictly obeying the law with regard to criminals. Also, they say, a member of parliament can hardly be prosecuted for asking for the law to be applied.But according to many observers, Aristide’s appeal for “zero tolerance” is barely-concealed approval of lynching. Jean-Claude Bajeux, head of the Ecumenical Centre for Human Rights (CEDH), is convinced Aristide was calling on people to give suspected criminals the “necklace” treatment, where a person is burned alive or dead with a flaming tyre placed around their neck.Pierre Espérance, director in Haiti of the US-based National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR), says Bony’s call for “zero tolerance” towards certain people in Petit-Goâve, including Lindor, was, in the Haitian context, “simply a call to kill them.” Espérance says “zero tolerance appeals are especially made with reference to political opponents.” He noted the statement of the then culture and communications minister, Guy Paul, three days after Lindor’s murder, that “the news editor (Lindor) of Radio Echo 2000 was not killed because he was a journalist but because he was a member of the Democratic Convergence.”Of the suspected instigators of the killing, only Poussin and Bony are thought to have been heard by investigating judge Duclair and Bony only at an informal meeting. There has been no internal enquiry by the interior ministry into the behaviour of local elected officials. Apart from the three-member town council, other suspected instigators of the crime are still in their jobs. One of them, Robinson Desrosiers, the director of customs, has reportedly even been transferred to Port-au-Prince, in what could be seen as a promotion in view of the relative hardships of a job in the provinces. Such treatment of the suspected instigators can only be seen as a flagrant example of the impunity accorded by the regime to its over-zealous supporters.Corrupt officials and attempts to bribe them?During their investigation, the Reporters Without Borders / Damocles team came across a new witness. A resident of Petit-Goâve, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said two top officials and two people allegedly involved in the murder went to L’Acul on 27 or 28 June last to talk to witnesses and participants in the killing with the presumed intent to influence their evidence or bribe them to keep quiet. The witness said they were Privat Précil, director-general of the justice ministry, D’or Monal, one of the suspected killers, Domi Nan Bwa coordinator Flory, another suspect, and Ramilus Bolivar, the FL member of parliament for Côtes de Fer. The group reportedly went to L’Acul in a jeep numbered “Official 0049” and first met Leconte, the town’s pro-FL grassroots organisations chief, at the local school. Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network informed Judge Duclair of this evidence in a letter on 26 August.Members of Lindor’s family who have taken refuge in France also accuse the authorities of trying to buy their silence after the murder. On 10 December, on the eve of the funeral, Jean-Claude Desgranges, head of President Aristide’s government office, went to the family’s home to present the government’s condolences. Lindor’s brother Moreno says Desgranges offered to find him a job at the presidential palace and give him money “to help” him. The family chased Desgranges out of the house. Help by sharing this information Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News
News UpdatesAll Interim Orders Of Bombay HC And Subordinate Courts To Continue Till June 15 [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap16 April 2020 2:12 AMShare This – xWith the extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3 in order to combat the coronavirus, the Bombay High Court has now extended all interim orders passed by it or courts subordinate to it till June 15.The coram of Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari, Justice AA Sayed, Justice SS Shinde and Justice KK Tated passed the order on Wednesday.The bar was represented by Advocate General AA Kumbhakoni,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWith the extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3 in order to combat the coronavirus, the Bombay High Court has now extended all interim orders passed by it or courts subordinate to it till June 15.The coram of Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari, Justice AA Sayed, Justice SS Shinde and Justice KK Tated passed the order on Wednesday.The bar was represented by Advocate General AA Kumbhakoni, ASG Anil Singh, Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, President of Bombay Bar Association, Senior Advocate Dr. Birendra Saraf, Secretary of BBA and Advocate Sanjeev Kadam, President of Advocates’ Association of Western India.Court has decided to take up matters till May 5, 2020 and to hold a meeting on administrative side to take stock of the situation on May 4, 2020.It has also been clarified that while calculating time for disposal of matters made time bound by the Court, the period for which the order dated March 26, 2020 continues to operate shall be added and time shall stand extended accordingly.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story