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Former Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, during a press meeting in Port-au-Prince giving an update about a working visit to the United States from June 13 to June 16, 2012. Photo courtesy of La Primature

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe has been hit with sanctions by the U.S. State Department over his suspected involvement in misappropriating at least $60 million from the Haitian government’s PetroCaribe program. He is now banned from entering the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Friday cited Lamothe's role in raiding PetroCaribe, an infrastructure investment and social welfare program that Venezuela had funded for certain countries that brought its oil. The missing funds led to a series of massive ‘where’s the PetroCaribe money’ protests and a lockdown of Haiti in 2018. 


The U.S. sanctioned and has banned him from entering the country.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.