Dominican judge says major errors committed during first trial

Jordan Morrison. (Facebook photo)

Jordan Morrison. (Facebook photo)

Cheryl Browne, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. -- The parents of a young man beaten to death at a Caribbean resort were granted an appeal after a judge in the Dominican Republic said several errors were committed in a previous trial.

Jordan Morrison, 19, died in Feb. 2011 after injuries sustained in an altercation that began at the bar of the Punta Cana Grand Paradise Bavaro, when he tried to defend a young woman from several men being rude to her. Five men from the Montreal area were detained but only two men were arrested.

Last year, Dymtro Aref Yev was found guilty of Morrison's death. He is appealing his 10-year sentence. His friend, and co-accused Bouzid Redha was released after the judge determined it was Yev who had struck the fatal blow.

Redha is believed to be back in Montreal.

Morrison's parents, Carrie McGinnis and Dale Morrison, have travelled back and forth to the DR for the past two years, where they sat near the accused murderers in a tiny courtroom.

They argued, among other things, they didn't have proper translation services during the initial court case, and weren't told of Yev's appeal – or their own chance to appeal – until it was too late.

“The judges were very sympathetic towards us and our case,” McGinnis wrote on social media Monday.McGinnis' translator, Ramon (who asked his last name not be used), said the judge was quite firm that Redha appear for an April 22 court date.

“The judge said, 'I command you to find an address for this person (Redha) so that he is formally notified of the (appeal) case',” Ramon said.

There is no extradition law between Canada and the Dominican Republic.

If Redha avoided trial, he wouldn't be brought to justice until he tried to leave Canada, when an international arrest warrant filed with Interpol would be flagged, he said.


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