Haitian Politics

1 Million Reward for Clifford Brandt's Capture, Haiti Gov't Mum

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Dominican army personnel who captured the fugitive, Clifford Brandt, and two accomplices were honored by their major general on Wednesday, while on the side of Haitian officials, questions regarding the 1,000,000 HTG ($22,250 [US]) reward promised for the fugitive Brandt's return to custody, have gone unanswered.

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Canada: Haitian authorities should explain prison break

MONTREAL, Canada (sentinel.ht) - The Canadian government, which built Haiti's maximum-security prison in Croix-des-Bouquets, said it was not at fault for the suspicious breakout of more than 300 prisoners last Sunday, saying it's up to Haitian authorities to explain how the inmates got out.

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Haiti Fugitive Clifford Brandt captured at border

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Sources say the infamous leader of a powerful kidnapping-murder syndicate, Clifford Brandt, was captured attempting to cross into the Dominican Republic at the border town of Cornillon/Grand Bois.

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Retired U.S. Marine continues service in Haiti

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, USA (sentinel.ht/DVIDS) - A Marine retiree initiated a project to help children in her homeland of Haiti with the help of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and local communities.

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Haiti: Belizaire issues no-fly order against Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The embattled Judge Lemarre Belizaire issued a no-fly order against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a case that was opened in 2005. The political nature of the judge's order in a palpably tense electoral climate, will likely further the impossibility of elections being held in Haiti with Michel Martelly as Head of State.

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Lawmakers called 'Suicide Terrorists' by Haiti Prime Ministry

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Spokesman for the Prime Ministry on Monday called Senators, six, hoping to establish an electoral process more inline with the Constitution, as "kamikaz", a term in Haiti for suicide bombers, terrorists, such as those which committed the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

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Haiti Video: Police accused of torture and death of mentally ill man

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - 7 of 12 police officers and firefighters, that were present at the brutal beating of a 41-year old mentally ill man, who subsequently died three days later, were placed on administratively leave, announced the inspection general of the police on Tuesday.

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Haiti Lawmaker enters 17th day of Hunger Strike

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Deputy Arnel Belizaire (Delmas/Tabarre/ind.) has gone from 205lbs to 162lbs as he enters his 17th day on a hunger strike in the Parliamentary chambers. He is being urged by medical professionals and a bicameral commission to end the strike or risk irreparable harm to mind and body.

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Haiti: Drastic changes at the Toussaint Louverture Int'l Airport, announced

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, drastic security changes were announced for the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince.

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Senegal: Illicit enrichment trial against ex-Min. Karim Wade begins

DAKAR, Senegal (sentinel.ht) - Prosecutors say they will present 4,000 pages of evidence in a trial expected to call upon 77 witnesses, include 50 lawyers, 9 defendants and 7 judges in a trial that began Thursday. Observers in Haiti will be paying close attention to the illicit enrichment trial of, Karim Wade, son of the former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who held powerful positions in his father's government, including Minister of International Cooperation, Infrastructure and Public Works.

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Haiti: Amendments to Electoral Law aborted in Senate

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A debate to discuss whether amendments to the Electoral Law of 2013 merited acceptance and a vote could not be held on Thursday due to a lack of quorum. At least five senators, who await draft amendments from an electoral council, as the Constitution requires, abstained from participation to visit a member of the Lower House, who had entered the 9th day of a hunger strike.

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Martelly sets up Trinidad for oil exploration rights in Haiti

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (sentinel.ht) - The Martelly administration, Monday, signed an agreement with Trinidad & Tobago to allow the country to explore oil in Haiti, in return, Haiti would commit to purchase petroleum products from Trinidad through its investments in service stations in the country.

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'Assessing Progress in Haiti Act' is on Obama’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The U.S. House passed, without objection, on Friday, a bill giving Congress unprecedented monitoring of more than $3.6 billion in assistance to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and annual reporting by the Secretary of State on Haiti’s commitment to transparency, a market economy, rule of law, and democracy through December 2017. Having passed the U.S. Senate just 15 days earlier, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014 is on President Barack Obama’s desk awaiting his signature for enactment.

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Haiti: Lawmaker continues hunger strike into 8th day

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - In a nation where human life has little value, the elected representative of the people of the great Port-au-Prince district of Delmas and Tabarre puts his life at risk in order to call his colleagues and others for three demands: the removal of Chief Justice Anel Alexis Joseph, illegitimately appointed by President Martelly and widely considered corrupt; the release of political prisoners, such as the Florestal brothers, who filed criminal complaints against First Lady Sophia Martelly and son Olivier for embezzlement; and an accounting on the part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which was partitioned millions to support the Haitian legislature, though tangible results seem non-existent.

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Cuba, Venezuela support shunned with Haiti Pres "communists" talk

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly made statements that will surely alienate Haiti's largest and only direct supporters, Cuba, which for decades has led in training and producing Haitian doctors, and Venezuela, which has more than doubled the Haitian national budget through its Petrocaribe program.

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Malfeasance at Pensions Office earns Degraff Diplomatic Post

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The former head of the National Pensions Office (ONA), Bernard Degraff, escaped to Miami after the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC) published a report detailing numerous corrupt practices that have cost Haitian workers millions in their pensions. But, much to the dismay of lawmakers, Bernard Degraff is now en route to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he will represent the Haitian government as Minister to the Consulate of Haiti, a new post created for him by President Michel Martelly.

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Haiti: $300M misappropriated, Finance Chief may resign again, says Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Work stoppages at public infrastructure sites throughout Haiti is alleged to be the cause of the misappropriation of $300 million [US] by the Minister of Planning, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, according to one senator. This comes as weeks of talk in the news of a possible second resignation by the Minister of the Economy, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, has circulated over the issue.

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Haiti: Deputy on hunger strike for release of political prisoners

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Arnel Belizaire, a sitting Deputy representing the people of Delmas and Tabarre has embarked on a hunger strike with the aims of demanding the removal of Cheif Justice Anel Alexis Joseph, the release of political prisoners and answers for the United States Agency for International Development pledged support for Haiti's legislature.

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"Gouvenman An Lakay Li" in Miami

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht) - The ninth edition of “Govenman An Lakay Ou” was held in Miami, an event critics dubbed “Gouvenman An Lakay Li”, reflecting on the previous residences of many in the Martelly administration before coming into power.

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Haiti: PM Lamothe threatens lawsuit for Digicel articles

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, in questionable propriety, sent two government officials and an agent of the administration to threaten on three occasions in the past 48 hours a lawsuit against Defend Haiti over articles published in The Haiti Sentinel; articles regarding Digicel’s block of VoIP applications which, less than a month later, forced it to reverse.

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