Crime

A Martelly Victim of Insecurity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Targeted by gunmen during an attempted car-jacking in Delmas 2, Lesly "Big" Martelly, a cousin of the president is recovering at a private hospital from two bullet wounds.

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Official: Not Enough Proof to Implicate Brandt in Moscoso Murder

LEOGANE, Haiti (defend.ht) - As of Monday, Haitian officials said there was not enough evidence that Clifford Brandt or his gang had participated in the murder of businessman, Jules Edouard Moscoso, who was shot and killed at his home, early Sunday morning.

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Moscoso, 57 Year Old Businessman Shot Dead

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Jules Edouard Moscoso, a cousin of the two kidnapped victims of the network of Clifford Brandt was shot dead early Sunday morning 40 meters from a United Nations peacekeeping base.

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Rape Victim Offered $300,000 by Haitian Gov't, says Father

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The father of a 27 year old alleged rape victim of the President of the contested Permanent Electoral Council, Josue Pierre Louis, says the Haitian government offered his daughter $300,000[US] and a job at a consul office in the Americas, if she would keep quiet.

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Haiti: Electoral Council President Accused of Rape


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The President of the contested electoral council, Josue Pierre-Louis, is being accused of assault and rape by a 27 year old government secretary. A complaint was filed with the court of prosecutions in Port-au-Prince but police have not yet placed charges on the high-ranking Martelly administration official.

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Vandals reach Barriere Bouteille

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haitians in the north awoke to sobering news on the Friday morning before the November 18 celebrations of the Batailles de Vertières. The monument, Barriere Bouteille, was affected by vandals throughout the night who spray-painted obscenities and vulgarities towards President Martelly.

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Massacre in Cité Soleil leaves at least 25 dead, dozens injured

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A massacre by gangs from Cité Soleil over the weekend left at least 25 dead and dozens others injured according to residents of the small district of Simon Pelé where bullet flew at about 8 PM Friday November 2.

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Clifford Brandt Dossier

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Calixte Delatour, counsel for Clifford Brandt, rejects accusations of kidnapping against his client. Delatour is indignant that the authorities have not taken care to specify the reasons for the detention of his client, and says they have not taken the facts into account.

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Brandt Cousin: Right now only rumors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "As of today everything is rumors," Cedric Brandt said about the arrest of his cousin, a businessman named Clifford. Brandt said the family is praying for his cousin and is happy that the Moscoso's were returned to their parents.

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Haitian Businessman Arrested for Kidnapping

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Clifford Brandt, a wealthy businessman of an Arabic-Haitian family was arrested by the National Police of Haiti for his involvement in the kidnapping of two adults on October 16 as part of a larger kidnapping network in Haiti, authorities say.

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Kompa Promoter Kills Himself in Miami

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Kompa promoter Joseph "Country" Kernizan who has been on the run from police since becoming the prime suspect in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend was tracked down by police Miami early Wednesday morning where he shot himself.

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NYC Kompa Promoter on the Lamb for Double Homicide


NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The New York Haitian Music Industry (HMI) scene is shocked at the double homicide that has Nu-Look promoter Joseph "Country" Kernizan on the run from police. Police say Country fired more than two dozen bullets killing his ex-girlfriend and a new boyfriend at a motel.

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Atlanta Consul for Investment Arrested for Auto Theft [UPDATED]

ATLANTA, USA (defend.ht) - Moise Garcon, Consul for Investment at the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta was arrested for theft of a Toyota 4Runner in Henry County, Georgia on Wednesday.

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Haiti Police: Four More Arrests after Death of Four Young Siblings

JACMEL, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police in the Sud-Est carried out the arrest of four suspects in the town of Jacmel Friday evening for their involvement in the death of four young children in the nearby town of Marbial Thursday night. According to one arrested, a lwa had asked for the children.

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Haiti: Mother Arrested, Hougan on the Run after Death of 4 Children

MARBIAL, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police in the Sud-Est have arrested 29 year old mother Andre-Marc Chery and are searching for a hougan named Wilber Louverture after four of Chery's children, aged 15 months to 7 years old, were found dead Friday morning.

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Haiti: Peasant Farmers Killed in Bloody Land Eviction Operation

MARIGOT, Haiti (defend.ht) - Residents of the seaside commune of Marigot, 10 miles east of Jacmel, have filed complaints to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to investigate the deaths of a suspected dozen Haitians during a land eviction operation on Monday July 23rd.

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15 Dominican Trucks Smuggling Products to Haiti Seized

MALPASSE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At least 15 trucks, loaded with products from the Dominican Republic, were seized by Haitian authorities on Tuesday for trying to smuggle the products into the country, duty-free, under the guise of the small cross-border market trade.

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Elvis Dumervil Arrested after Road Rage Incident

MIAMI BEACH, FL, USA (defend.ht) - Denver Broncos Pro Bowl defense end, Elvis Dumervil, and friend, Andy Auguste, were arrested on Saturday and charged with aggravated assault for showing their firearms during an incident of road rage.

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Two Kidnapped while Retracing Jesus' Steps in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt (defend.ht) - Officials in Egypt are preparing to negotiate for the release of two Haitian-Americans abducted by armed Bedouins in the mountainous Sinai region on Friday. The U.S. State Department said it would be working closely with the Egyptian authorities to bring about their safe release.

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Haiti: Mobs Lynch and Burn 3 Suspected Thieves

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police say three young people, suspected thieves, were killed Saturday by groups of angry people who hung one and burned two in burning tires.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly