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Lawyer: Haiti Judge Detained In Alleged Coup Plot Remains Jailed Despite Release Order

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Dieu Nalio Chery
A protester holds up a copy of the Haitian constitution during a protest to demand the resignation of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Haiti has lurched into a fresh political crisis amid allegations of a coup attempt and an escalating dispute over when the presidential term of Moise should end.

A Supreme Court judge in Haiti who had been arrested in an alleged coup plot against President Jovenel Moïse remained in jail Wednesday night despite a magistrate’s order that he be released.

Judge Grecia Norcéus ruled that Ivickel Dabrésil’s detention Sunday at 2 a.m. was outside the margins of the law and that as a high court justice he is required to go before a special tribunal, the head of a Haitian judicial organization and the magistrate’s defense lawyer both said.

“The order was issued on the spot, but it was not executed this afternoon, so the judge has not yet been released,” Marc Antoine Maisonneuve, a lawyer for Dabrésil’s, told the Miami Herald.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.