Thursday December 11th, two political prisoners have been released from Haiti's National Penitentiary. Rony Timothée and Byron Odigé's release came days after the Presidential Commission put en place by Michel Martelly to help him find a solution to the worsening of Haiti's political crisis; recommended the release of all political prisoners.
The men were arrested this past October 26th during an anti government protest in Carrefour. Their booking documents showed that they were arrested for " Destruction of private properties and incitement to violence." But many human witnesses and human rights groups have argued the contrary. Like most of Haiti's prisoners they hadn't seen a judge since their arrest, but according to the Haitian Police a judge came to their jail cell for an evaluation of their detention. Which would be a first in the Haitian penal system is true. Many human rights groups operating in Haiti have supported the release of both men, and continue to demand the release of other citizens arrested during anti government protests for no reasons other than protesting..