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mercredi 28 octobre 2009

Perlitz withdraws bond request for now - A victory for all children | Haitians at Court House speak out on the Douglas Perlitz case | Photos (Fairfield Mirror) from Perlitz hearing today




Photos de Chris Simmons Mirror

Ezili Dantò's Note:
At his bond hearing, Perlitz withdrew his bond request for now. This is a small
victory, but a victory nonetheless for all children. Considering that last time
in court, on Oct. 8, Perlitz's attorney kept pointing out how massive Mr.
Perlitz's support was, implying the children of Haiti had no support and
stating outright that our children are liars, not to mention detailing in how
corrupt Haiti is as the reason why Perlitz is being wrongly accused.

This time in court, the children of Haiti had more people there to support them
than Mr. Perlitz's so touted "supporters" which were mostly no-shows. Thank you
all who wrote and asked judge not release Perlitz on bond. The process has just
begun...more later on our next steps. We suspect, as more information is made
available on this case more of Mr. Perlitz's supporters and prospective bond
financiers will be asking to remain anonymous. But all children need protection
and we publicly campaign against this demand for secrecy. HLLN shall insist
that every Douglas Perlitz's supporter ought to be able stand in front of the
entire community and say they are standing by Mr. Perlitz' innocence. Too many
times in Haiti's past we've seen, as we just saw with the arrest of ex-priest
and accused pedophile John Duarte, that the authorities are willing to make
arrests but, as for instance in the John Duarte case, categorically refuse to
name the hotel in Port au Prince where Mr. Duarte was having sex with children.
This is exactly the sort of thing Save the Children did last year when it
announced that UN peacekeepers in Haiti and NGO workers were sexually abusing
Haiti's children, but did not name the UN peacekeepers nor the NGO charities
involved. Not even their countries or NGO's. Our investigation show an entwine
international network in Haiti and a systematic cover up, it seems by the
authorities to keep this matter as "isolated incidents" when it is not. Thus,
in this case with defendant Douglas Perlitz, those who wish to stand with him
ought to be sure enough of him and his innocence not to hide their names as his
attorney appears to be asking in the motions filed in court yesterday. If
Douglas Perlitz is the "saint" that his attorneys say he is - just simply a
wrongly accused white American in a "Hatfield/McCoy" caper concocted by
Haiti's children and teachers, if that is so, as his attorneys are
vociferously pleading, then there ought not to be a problem with revealing who
the 19 "people of fine standing in the community, as well as of sufficient
financial means," many from Fairfield County, who will agree to post the
required $5 million bond for the Douglas Perlitz.

Haitians are asking for transparency. We have had ENOUGH of secrecy in abuse
cases. Haitians are still waiting for the UN authorities to RELEASE the
investigation of the 108 Sri Lankan soldiers accused of sex abuse and rape of
minors in Haiti and deported back, in disgrace, to Sri Lanka. It's been almost
two years and the UN investigation has never been made public to Haitians. This
is the sort of racist double standard, complicity and capriciousness HLLN finds
an abuse of power by supposedly lawful and respected authorities.

We shall explain our concerns to the world and go people-to-people as we just
did with this Perlitz case, as the Haitian public does not seem to be getting
anywhere with those in power, or who have taken power illegally (the 10,000
NGOs in Haiti and the UN forces) and who are supposed to be protecting and
defending democracy, justice, and Haitian welfare.

Ezili Danto/HLLN
October 28, 2009

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Recommended HLLN Link:
Photos of Haitians speaking out on Douglas Perlitz case outside the courthous
Chris Simmons Mirror's photostream -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44084891@N05/4052783297/

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/Desalin09.html#holocaust09

- Perlitz detained without prejudice, defense plans to eventually ask for
release http://bit.ly/p2VqG

- Perlitz withdraws bond request - A victory for children. Thank you all who
wrote and asked judge not release Perlitz http://bit.ly/1AnTXW

- Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US http://bit.ly/146tzi

- Direct from Okap: Lakounewyork interview with Cyrus Sibert on Douglas Perlitz
case - http://bit.ly/ V8RqV

- New motions filed in Perlitz case
http://bit.ly/ 3e627E


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monitor Perlitz when the Siriannis could
Ezili Dantò's Note:
Perlitz withdraws bond request - A victory for all children. This time in
court, the children of Haiti had more people there to support them than Mr.
Perlitz's so touted "supporters" which were mostly no-shows. Thank you all who
wrote and asked judge not release Perlitz. The process has just begun...more
later on our next steps. We suspect, as more information is made available on
this case more of Mr. Perlitz's supporters and financiers will be asking to
remain anonymous. But all children need protection and we shall insist that
every Douglas Perlitz supporter ought to be able stand in front of the
community and say they are standing by Mr. Perlitz' innocence. To many times in
Haiti's past we've seen, as we just saw with the arrest of ex-priest and
accused pedophile John Duarte that the authorities are willing to make arrest
but, as for instance in the John Duarte case, categorically refuse to name the
hotel in Port au Prince where Mr. Duarte was having sex with children. This is
exactly the sort of thing Save the Children did last year when it announced
that UN peacekeepers and NGO workers were sexually abusing Haiti's children,
but did not name the peacekeepers or the NGO charities involved. Our
investigation show an entwine network in Haiti and a systematic cover up. Thus
in this case with Mr. Perlitz, those who wish to stand with him ought to be
sure enough of him and his innocence not to hide their names as his attorney
appears to be asking in the motions filed in court yesterday.




Ex-Fairfielder accused of abusing Haitian boys drops bond bid
By Michael P. Mayko, STAFF WRITER, Connecticut Post, Oct. 28, 2009
http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_13658998#at http://bit.ly/1AnTXW


- Perlitz detained without prejudice, defense plans to eventually ask for
release, October 28, 2009 By Chris Simmons, Fairfield Mirror
http://fairfieldmirror.com/2009/10/28/perlitz-detained-without-prejudice-defense-plans-to-eventually-ask-for-release/


- Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US
http://bit.ly/146tzi

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Ex-Fairfielder accused of abusing Haitian boys drops bond bid
By Michael P. Mayko, STAFF WRITER, Connecticut Post, Oct. 28, 2009
http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_13658998#at http://bit.ly/1AnTXW

NEW HAVEN -- The former Fairfield man accused of molesting Haitian street
orphans at a charity he established to help them will remain in jail
indefinitely after his plan to post bond today was withdrawn.

Lawyers for Douglas Perlitz, a graduate of Fairfield University who was given
an honorary degree by the school in 2002 for his charitable work, told federal
Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis this morning they need more time to complete
paperwork as they try to raise Perlitz's $5 million bond. They also are trying
to find more people in the area willing to host Perlitz in their homes while he
awaits trial.

The delay in Perlitz's attempt to post bond came hours after a federal
prosecutor advised the judge that the accused was trolling Internet sites
shortly before his Sept. 16 arrest in Colorado, "conducting Google searches"
for "gay boys black" "Colorado Haitians" and "africa boyz" and Yahoo searches
for "gay black boys," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel.

"Moreover, the initial findings indicate that Perlitz's activities on the
computer included access to forum pages which included places where people
could post personals, arrange for meetings and identify cruising places," the
prosecutor said.

The delay was sought by Perlitz's lawyers, William F. Dow III and David
Grudberg.

Earlier, the defense lawyers said 19 people, many from Fairfield County, each
have agreed to post $100,000 to $325,000 to help the defendant reach the
required $5 million bond. Previously, Perlitiz's mother, brother and uncle
agreed to post $2.3 million in property they own.

But Grudberg had asked Margolis in court documents filed yesterday not to
release the names of the individuals pledging to help pay Perlitz's bond, who
he said are "people of fine standing in the community, as well as of sufficient
financial means" to the public.

"Each of these individuals was promised that financial information would be
shared with the court only if it was certain that information would remain
sealed from public view," the lawyer wrote the judge.

Additionally, Grudberg proposed that several Fairfield residents agreed to
serve as back-up third party custodians to Anthony and Laura Sirianni, who have
agreed to allow Perlitz to live with them in their Fairfield home on Congress
Street home until his trial. Anthony Sirianni, a retired lawyer, is confined to
a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis. These individuals would supposedly
monitor Perlitz when the Siriannis could


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Perlitz detained without prejudice, defense plans to eventually ask for release
October 28, 2009
By: Chris Simmons, Fairfield Mirror

http://fairfieldmirror.com/2009/10/28/perlitz-detained-without-prejudice-defense-plans-to-eventually-ask-for-release/


After a flurry of motions the day before, the hearing on the detainment of Doug
Perlitz '92 was largely anticlimactic.

On a rainy Wednesday morning, Perlitz was led into the Court Room 3 at the
Richard C. Lee U.S. Court House in New Haven with a denim jacket covering his
khaki prison jumpsuit, with his family sitting behind him for support.
Meanwhile, a group of Haitian supporters sat across the court room, stating
they were providing a voice for the children.

William F. Dow III, Perlitz's lead lawyer, opened by saying that the federal
Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis had set forth conditions for release, but the
defense had not yet met the requirements. Dow asked for the right to continue
the matter at a later date if the defense should choose to. The government's
petition for detainment was granted without prejudice.

"It's an extraordinary bond requirement," said Dow after the hearing.
"It involves a bunch of moving parts, like playing three-level chess."

He said that the bond issues were largely mechanical and that the defense plans
to eventually contest the detention once it has better met the bail
requirements. During the initial portion of the hearing, before the 20 day
recess and continuation, the judge seemed to indicate that she would accept a
bond in the $4-5 million range along with increased third-party custodians.

This hearing comes on the heels of two motions filed yesterday, one by Dow
outlining a new proposed package for release, which included 19 other people to
raise bail money along with 12 more third-party back-up custodians. Dow said
that motion was just an outline of a package and that it is a"dynamic one,
not a static one, pieces have to be filled in."

That motion was followed by a rebuttal by the government. The government also
attached "Exhibit A," which stated that after a very preliminary
investigation by an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent, Perlitz's
computer was found to contain over 100 images of nude black males performing
sex acts along with numerous URLs to various sex Websites.

"We haven't seen any information about what they are alleging with the
computer," said Dow. "There is nothing illegal about any of the conduct the
government described."

He added that these type of allegations are intended to serve as "lightening
rods" to raise support for the prosecutor's case in the public eye.

But in the end the allegations may have accomplished that goal, at least
according to those who attended to speak against Perlitz's potential release.
The new information may have helped turn the tide against releasing Perlitz,
according to Henri Alexander, a lawyer and member of the Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network (HLLN). He said that he thought that some people who may
have been willing to support Perlitz now do not want their names associated
with the case.

Alexander, along with Ezili Danto, the founder of the HLLN, attended the
hearing along with 10 Haitians to give the people of Haiti a voice after the
previous hearing which was well-attended by Perlitz supports, a fact pointed
out several times by Dow during that portion of the hearing.

"We're not too, too informed about the case," said Odelin Francois, the
president of Global Network for Progress, which strives to provide impoverished
children an education. "But from what we've heard, we feel he is praying on
poor black kids. He gives them bread and education so he can use them. Black
kids are not for sale and not for abuse. We can provide for ourselves, we
don't need these people."

Gina Magloirie, another Haitian who came up from New York City to support the
motion to detain Perlitz, said that the next time, even more Haitians would
come. She compared it to the time when Haitians were blamed for AIDS and they
"shut down New York City and marched across the bridge. We made history and
we will do it again."

She was referring to April 1990 when more than 50,000 people crossed the
Brooklyn Bridge, poured in lower Manhattan and surrounded City Hall to protest
a Food and Drug Administration ban on blood donations from Haitians as a
precaution against spreading AIDS.

Magloirie said that she and her fellow Haitians will come to the court house
"until the judge is tired of seeing our faces. We will be here in snow, rain,
we don't care."

After the hearing, supporters of detaining Perlitz stood outside holding signs
with phrases such as, "Justice for the Haitian Children,"No Bail for
Pedophile," and "Doug Perlitz Pedophile."

Paul Kendrick '72, who has spoken out against releasing Perlitz on bail, also
attended the hearing, making the trip from Maine. Kendrick plans to meet with
Fairfield University administrators in early November and call on them to raise
money for the school in Haiti that Perlitz founded. It is currently being
supported by remaining members of the Haiti Fund, including current chairman
Michael McCooey, who split away when allegations were made against Perlitz.
They did not sign a letter, as some board member did, defending Perlitz.

Kendrick again emphasized that the University should try to help the suffering
Haitian children, rather than try and distance themselves from the case. The
Project Pierre Toussaint school is currently being watched by guards paid for
by McCooey, according to Kendrick, because it is a target for looting and
vandalism.

Pictures from the protest outside the courthouse
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44084891@N05/4052783297/

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Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (AP) – October 28, 2009
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jHXHsfz2shb7W93Ztvf_BqCN94QgD9BK84IO0


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado man charged with
sexually abusing nine boys at a school he founded in Haiti was using his
computer while in the United States to search for boys.

Authorities made the accusations in court papers as they argued that
39-year-old Douglas Perlitz should not be released from prison while he awaits
trial. A judge kept him detained after his attorney said at a hearing Wednesday
that he needed more time to come up with a large bond package.

Authorities say Perlitz enticed children at the Project Pierre Toussaint school
in Cap-Haitien into sex acts by promising them food, shelter, cash, cell
phones, electronics and shoes.

Perlitz has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says he did nothing illegal in the
U.S.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Perlitz detained without prejudice, defense plans to eventually ask for release
http://bit.ly/p2VqG

Perlitz withdraws bond request - A victory for children. Thank you all who
wrote and asked judge not release Perlitz http://bit.ly/1AnTXW

Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US
http://bit.ly/146tzi


Direct from Okap: Lakounewyork interview with Cyrus Sibert on Douglas Perlitz
case - http://bit.ly/V8RqV


New motions filed in Perlitz case
http://bit.ly/3e627E


Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O'Brien Cases by
Tom Cleary, Fairfield Mirror, Oct. 15, 2009
http://fairfieldmirror.com/2009/10/15/perlitz-court-date-moved-groups-raise-awareness-of-perlitz-obrien-cases/


Jesuits, diocese asked to help sex abuse victims
Group protests handling of sex abuse allegations
by Genevieve Reilly, Connecticut Post, Oct. 15, 2009
http://www.connpost.com/ci_13572777


Letter-writing campaign aims to keep Perlitz jailed
By Michael P. Mayko, Connecticut Post, Oct. 14, 2009
http://www.connpost.com/ci_13552096?source=most_viewed


Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/Desalin09.html#holocaust09


Thank you: Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came
on the scene
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/Desalin09.html#noula


Help Haiti's children - Demand that accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz, not be
set free on bond
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/abuse.html#stoprelease

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