A suspect in last week’s Haitian boating tragedy will return to court today to be formally charged.
Forty-three year-old Alphonso Edner’s arraignment was postponed because he did not have an interpreter.
He appeared in the magistrates’ court Wednesday afternoon and was supposed to be charged with 11 counts of abetment to manslaughter.
Eleven people were killed after their vessel capsized off the coast of North Abaco. The group was headed to the US.
Before the arraignment began Edner’s attorney informed that the court that his client did not speak fluent English and would have trouble understanding the charges being levied against him.
The case, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m., was then adjourned to 2:30 p.m. so that the prosecutor could locate an interpreter to assist with court proceedings.
When court resumed at 2:30 p.m. the prosecutor told the court that she could not secure an interpreter.
The magistrate then adjourned the matter to today 10:00 a.m., at which time an interpreter is expected to be on hand to assist with reading the charges.
On June 10, the 25-foot vessel, “Glory Time,” set sail from Farm Hill, Abaco en route to Florida.
However, three hours into the voyage, the boat, packed with 28 passengers, began experiencing engine problems and sank.
The bodies of 11 people were retrieved from waters; six people are believed to have survived the accident while those who remain missing are feared dead.
Police arrested five people last week Thursday in connection with the boating accident.
Police have not revealed when or if they intend to bring the other suspects before the courts.