UN: Lack of Cooperation in MINUSTAH, Toussaint Louverture Airport Investigation
- Friday, June 24, 2011 6:48 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Spokeswoman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sylvie Van Den Wildenberg, acknowledged Friday that there has been little progress in the investigation into the incident of early June at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport.
Wildenberg indicated that the investigation is being trampled on as persons being questioned have refused to cooperate with investigators. She expressed the hope that these citizens contribute to the outcome of the investigation.
The UN Spokeswoman recalled that the United Nations has a zero tolerance policy against civilian staff or military found guilty through an investigation for acts of misconduct.
The spokeswoman also added that the United Nations has no judicial power. "When a member of the staff of the United Nations is guilty of misconduct, they are subject to disciplinary sanctions and may be returned to their country, but they belong to the judicial authorities of the state of origin to take measures to bring them to justice".
On June 5, the peacekeepers Brazilians, returned on board an aircraft of Insel Air appealed to other armed colleagues who had come on a tank armoured loudly to burst in the room of arrival from the airport to put pressure on Customs officers and take possession without verification of the baggage and transported goods.
The soldiers were then, once outside, had fired bursts of weapons and tear gas for t neutralize customs and many others employees who were demonstrating their hostility to the behavior found to be arbitrary military.
Since a few weeks, the Directors General of Customs (AGD) is broadcast in the local press, a spot which recalls the obligation of any person to submit to controls of the Customs officers.
They stressed this message, have the right to carry a firearm in the performance of their function and also recalled that the police must lend strong hands to Customs officers when they are in difficulty.
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Source: Agence HaÃ¯tienne de Presse