Washington indicts seven Haitians for kidnapping US citizens

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Washington indicts seven Haitians for the kidnapping of American citizens

Haiti is plagued by street gangs who dictate their law to the population.

The United States announced on Monday the indictment of seven gang members in Haiti, accused of abducting American nationals, and offering a reward of 4 million Canadian dollars for information concerning three of them. each other.

We are committed to working with our international partners to end these dangerous kidnappings for ransom for Americans and the people of Haiti, said Attorney General Merrick Garland quoted in a statement announcing these lawsuits.

These first target three men accused of participating in the capture of a group of Christian missionaries and their families near Port-au-Prince on October 16, 2021.

Three hostages had been released after several weeks of detention and the others had fled around December 16. One of their alleged guardians has already been arrested and extradited to the United States, along with the alleged mastermind of the operation.

The Department of Justice revealed on Monday that it has indicted three other suspects in the case: Lanmo Sanjou and Jermaine Stephenson, members of the 400 mawozo gang, as well as Vitelhomme Innocent, a member of the Kraze Barye gang.

The United States believes they are still in Haiti, and the State Department has offered up to $4 million in rewards for information leading to their arrest.

In addition, the United States has indicted and is seeking four other Haitian gang leaders.

They are accused of having participated in the kidnappings, between January 2021 and July 2022, of five American nationals, who had all been held hostage for several days until the payment of ransoms by their relatives.

Faced with the deterioration of the security situation in Haiti, which complicates the fight against a potentially devastating cholera epidemic, the international community excludes for the moment any #x27;send a peacekeeping force.

But it accelerated humanitarian aid and the UN Security Council adopted sanctions against criminal gangs operating in the country (travel ban, asset freeze, targeted arms embargo).

Washington also implemented sanctions on Friday against the President of the Senate and one of his predecessors, accused of having actively contributed to drug trafficking transiting through cari island baby.

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