Pastor Amel Lafleur was summoned to court for "public contempt of decency and disturbance of social order," in January. Photo via Amel Lafleur's Facebook page

UPDATE (Jan. 6, 7:45 a.m.) — Haiti’s Ministry of Worship has banned Amel Lafleur from taking part in all “ministerial and pastoral” activities for five years, the government agency announced in an open letter to Lafleur.

The agency’s ruling is based on a 1978 decree that condemns all activities that disturb order and threaten a sense of public morality in church. The letter also states that the church's — Église de Dieu Indépendante de la Porte Étroite de Delmas 33 (Independent Church of God of the Righteous Portal of Delmas 33) — executive committee has to name an interim pastor by Jan. 9.

The Ministry of Worship added that Lafleur's actions violated "modesty and good morals" in front of members of his church.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.