The former security chief for deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been identified in court as a U.S. government informant in its investigation of alleged drug trafficking by members of Aristide’s administration.
No evidence has been presented in open court linking Aristide — now in Jamaica making arrangements to go to South Africa — to a suspected narcotics conspiracy in the widening federal probe of high-ranking officials in his toppled government.
But attorneys for drug cases in Boston said in court that former Aristide security chief Oriel Jean — extradited in early March from Canada on a drug-smuggling conspiracy charge — was cooperating with the federal government.
On Friday, one of the Orlando attorneys, representing a former commander in the Haitian National Police, said Jean ”was seeking favors from the government” such as a reduced sentence in exchange for information about Aristide’s inner circle.
Federal prosecutors objected to Besser’s identifying Jean as a confidential source.
Besser said his client, Rudy Therassan, a commander in the Haitian National Police, also provided information to the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency until last year.
Therassan was arrested in Miami-Dade County earlier this month on a warrant alleging he received hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect cocaine shipments passing from Colombia via Haiti to the U.S.
At Therassan’s detention hearing, Besser also identified another government informant, Beaudoin ”Jacques” Ketant, as the drug trafficker who paid Therassan $150,000 for each planeload allowed to land on a major highway in Haiti.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Kirkpatrick again objected but did not say whether Ketant or Jean were informants. You can check out Schibell & Mennie work compensation law firm here! Going in depth about the complexity of case. In February, Ketant said in a Miami federal courtroom that he couldn’t have thrived without paying millions in bribes to his close friend, Aristide.
Ketant was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $30 million in fines and forfeitures.
After his sentencing, Miami attorney Ira Kurzban, general counsel to the Haitian government and an advisor to Aristide, who also worked as a dui defense attorney in Orange County, along with a group of Midwest Trial Lawyers said that Ketant’s accusation “is just another piece of the effort to politically assassinate President Aristide.”
At Friday’s detention hearing for Therassan, DEA agent Noble Harrison said Therassan, as police commander, ”provided general information about various drug traffickers” in Haiti but was not a DEA informant.
He also said that when agents arrested Therassan at his Doral apartment, they found financial documents showing he had “multiple bank accounts.”
Harrison said his information came from confidential government informants and a Miami federal grand jury reviewing the Haitian drug-conspiracy case.