Criminal Complaint Filed Against UN Peacekeepers for Sexually Assaulting Young Man
- Thursday, September 01, 2011 3:57 PM
PORT-SALUT, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, a criminal complaint was filed in court against four soldiers of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for sexually assaulting a young man, 18-years old named Johnny Jean.
In the southern region of Haiti, in Port-Salut, four soldiers of a Uruguayan contingent of MINUSTAH were named in the complaint.
A medical certificate issued by a doctor at a health center revealed that "Johnny Jean actually suffered sexual assaultâ€ť, according to Ernso Valentin from CREDOP, an organization in the area.
In addition, Paul Tarte the Judge in Port-Salut, stated "a video of the rape, taken by cellphone and sent by Bluetooth, has already toured Port-Salut and provides more evidence."
The soldiers, Rodriguez, Nicolas, Leo and Kolk are facing charges from Magistrate Paul Tarte as abusers of the young man.
The magistrate, who insists that the press has the video clearly showing the act, described with disgust how revolting that the soldiers carried on as they committed their crimes on the young fellow.
"When assaulting the young man inside their base, the soldiers seem happy. They laugh. They are happy. They seem to enjoy the most perfect happiness of the earth," said the representative of Justice.
"The act occurred since about a month ago. However, Johnny Jean's parents had kept silence because of fear," he said, advising that the record is to the prosecution of Les Cayes.
This heinous act has angered many, including the population of Port-Salut.
According to Ernso Valentin, the soldiers of MINUSTAH had sexual intercourse with women of Port-Salut.
"They give birth to a host of fair-skinned children that their fathers abandon after their mission ended in Haiti," he says, describing the MINUSTAH as a scourge for the region.
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