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US accuses Haitian gang members of kidnappings

EEUU acusa a pandilleros haitianos por secuestros

The United States announced on Monday the indictment of seven gang members in Haiti accused of kidnapping US citizens, and offered a $3 million reward for information on three of them.

“We are determined to work with our international partners to put an end to these kidnappings for ransom” dangerous to the Americans and the Haitian people, Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

The measure targets three men accused of having participated in the capture of a group of Christian missionaries and their families near Port-au-Prince, on October 16, 2021. They are Lanmo Sanjou and Jermaine Stephenson, members of the 400 Mawozo gang, as well as Vitel’homme Innocent, a member of the Kraze Barye gang. Washington believes they are still in Haiti and the State Department has offered up to three million dollars in rewards ($1 million each) for information leading to their arrest.

In that case, three hostages were released after several weeks of detention and the others managed to escape around 16 December. One of his alleged guards has already been arrested and extradited to the United States, as well as the alleged intellectual author of the operation. In addition, the United States has prosecuted 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 US citizens, who were held hostage for several days until their relatives paid the ransom.

Given the deterioration of the security situation in Haiti, which complicates the fight against a cholera epidemic, the international community has ruled out sending a peacekeeping force for the time being.

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Other sanctions.

The UN Security Council has adopted sanctions against criminal gangs operating in the country (travel ban, asset freeze, selective arms embargo).

Other sanctions.

Washington also imposed sanctions on Friday against Senate President Joseph Lambert and one of his predecessors, Youri Latortue, accused of having “actively contributed” to drug trafficking in transit through the Caribbean island.

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