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Complaint to be filed against police for killing 1, injuring 3

Complaint to be filed against police for killing 1, injuring 3

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Local residents argue with a policeman while the casket of a man shot dead during anti-government protests lies on the ground in Port-au-Prince in 2019. Photo credit: Reuters

A complaint will be filed against the Haitian National Police (PNH) on Monday after they shot a resident dead and injured two more during a protest on Nov. 18, according to an activist attorney.

Andre Michel, a lawyer and activist, posted on Twitter that, “The criminal acts of November 18, 2020 will not remain unpunished.”

He later tweeted that officials from human rights organizations will be present on Monday at the courthouse. 

The police fatally struck the Port-au-Prince resident with a bullet to the head and injured the two others, who were riding on a bike, with their vehicle.

Police leader declares war against Fantom 509

Léon Charles, the Haitian National Police’s returning general director, speaking at a press conference Nov. 17, 2020. Photo credit: Allo La Police

Léon Charles, Haitian National Police’s returning general director, commanded officers to confront and lock up colleagues who are Fantom 509 members.

Fantom 509 members, a group of masked police officers within their ranks, burned at least 10 vehicles to demand that 25,000 gourdes be added to their debit card accounts and a base salary of 50,000 gourdes on Friday. The U.S. dollar equivalents are about $400 and $800, respectively.

During a press conference Friday, Charles asked the officers to crack down on the secretive group. Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe labeled members of the group as terrorists and demanded their arrests Friday. Source

Women’s rights minister to appeal Haitian judge’s ruling that cleared Jean-Bart

Haiti’s Minister of Women’s Condition and Rights Marie Giselhaine Mompremier.

Marie Giselhaine Mompremier, Haiti’s minister of women’s condition and rights, said on Radio Mega Friday that she will appeal Haitian Judge Émilio Accimé’s decision to clear Yves Jean-Bart of wrongdoing.

Jean-Bart, Haiti’s former soccer president, was accused of sexually abusing several players at the National Technical Center of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti’s youth soccer training center. 

Judge Accimé cleared Jean-Bart Thursday. The following day FIFA banned him from any soccer related activities for life Friday. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Nov. 23, 2020

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