Guy Philippe was one of two primary leaders of a paramilitary group that the US housed, trained and armed in the Dominican Republic to make cross-border attacks into Haiti beginning in 2002 in order to kill their countrymen aligned with the administration of the democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Last year, he started shooting his mouth off about which elite members of Haitian society helped finance the coup. Before long, the DEA engaged in a dramatic hunt looking for Philippe and came up empty-handed.
Perhaps, anticipating his announcement that he plans to run for the Haitian Senate, the DEA is after him again. The issue is that Philippe knows way too much about the US involvement in the coup and especially about that of a diplomat who used to be at the US embassy in Port-au-Prince. Philippe must be contained and the best way to do that is drive him underground. Arresting him is tricky because the US doesn’t want him in court talking either. So the pretend pursuit of Philippe continues and soon you may be able to call the guy with the most blood on his hands from the 2004 coup — Senator Philippe.
Former Haitian rebel sought by US for drug trafficking says he will run for Senate
Thursday, March 27, 2008
A former Haitian rebel wanted by the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges said Thursday that he plans to run for Senate.Guy Philippe, whose rebel band helped topple President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during a 2004 revolt, has been in hiding since U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Haitian police raided his home in July.“You don’t need to look hard for me because there are going to be elections,” Philippe told Radio Vision 2000 in a telephone interview without revealing his location. “I am going to be a candidate for Senate.”The legislative elections, originally scheduled for last November, were postponed as Haiti launched an investigation into fraud allegations at its electoral council. A new date has not been set.The former soldier ran for president in 2006 under his Front for National Reconstruction Party, which hoped to reinstate the notorious Haitian military disbanded by Aristide.Philippe, who has been named in a sealed indictment in the U.S. state of Florida, evaded arrest during the DEA raid last summer. But local radio reported that foreign, English-speaking agents went looking for Philippe at his home in southern Haiti again on Tuesday.In the radio interview, he accused the U.S. of fabricating allegations against him.
“Before when they wanted you they said you were a communist. Now they say you’re a drug trafficker.”
Philippe told a local radio show in October that he was the victim of a political plot and he dared U.S. agents to kill him.