The Assassination of Mireille Durocher Bertin

Officials who were investigating the assassination of Mireille Durocher Bertin said, after two weeks of the murder, that they were in complete darkness. Mireille Durocher Bertin was a right-wing critic of the then President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The murder caused strains with Washington and it was accused that the Interior Ministers of the Aristide administration were involved in the assassination and that the orders of the murder were issued by Aristide himself.


On the day of assassination, Mireille Durocher Bertin was traveling in a white Subaru. The car was blocked in broad daylight and the assassins can riding in red Mitsubishi and shot the front tire (on the side of the driver) of the victim's car and then with automatic weapons, shot from both sides of the Subaru. This killed Mrs. Bertin who was a popular lawyer and a 35-year-old mother of 4.

However, experts investigating the matter were left in confusion and they thought that Mrs. Bertin might not have been the target of the assassins because the driver who was driving Mrs. Bertin's car was a well-known drug trafficker and that the driver had been shot more than Mrs. Bertin.

In 1994, Mireille Durocher Bertin spoke against U.S. occupation and the CIA's role to reinstall Aristide to power. Bertin asked Aristide to explain the constitutional references that allowed him to ask for US military and secret service intervention. Aristide knew that the steps he took were illegal and that US military intervention and economic embargo imposition will be convicted by courts of Haiti as illegal and unconstitutional. It was very likely that Aristide would have been summoned by Haitian Court and charged with treason and inhuman acts against men, women and children of Haiti. Aristide was not really willing to take this risk and hence, the assassination plot for Mireille Durocher Bertin was born in the National Palace.

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