Mayor free after shooting at bus, injuring young passenger

PORT-DE-PAIX, Nord-Ouest, HT ( – Although accused of having personally and indiscriminately opening gun fire at a bus in Basin Bleu, with a bullet hitting and injuring a young passenger, the Mayor of Port-de-Paix, Josué Alusma, managed to obtain his freedom from the clutches of justice on Friday by the decision of Judge Vinx Étienne.

With the support from his counterparts from the National Federation of Mayors (FENAM), led by the Mayor of Carrefour, Jude Edouard Pierre, sources say Mayor Alusma managed to forge some cordialities with lawyer, Beethoven Noel, who was to be representing the victim of the gunshots.

In full disregard of the criminal nature of the charges, the resulting “arbitration” ultimately resulted in Attorney Noel withdrawing his client’s “complaint” and the victim not responding to the convocations of the judge.

One million gourdes ($16,700 [USD]) would have been paid to the moving party and another two million gourdes ($33,400 [USD]), to undisclosed parties would be disbursed by Mr. Alusma ahead of his release. The daily newspaper Le National, headquartered in Pétion-Ville, in contact with its sources release this information.

Negotiations with the owner of the Papayo bus company seem to have also succeeded, as there is some evidence to suggest that this proprietor has aligned himself with the same position as Attorney Noel, not appearing at the summons of the investigating Judge Étienne.

Information regarding this criminal case remained minimal and of seemingly of lesser priority among justice officials, according to news reports Monday morning.

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