Gang kills former Hitian seantor and his nephew
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti’s capital. His body was set on fire along with his nephew, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The bodies of Yvon Buissereth and his unidentified nephew were found Saturday afternoon in the community of Laboule. That is near Pelerin, where President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his private home in July last year.
Buissereth, director of Haiti’s Public Company for the Promotion of Social Housing, and his nephew were traveling in a government-issued vehicle and were found inside the charred car, Lafontant said. He said a gang trying to control the area is likely to blame.
Buissereth and his nephew were killed while driving on a road that many Haitians use to avoid the Martissant area, which connects Port-au-Prince with Haiti’s southern region and is controlled by warring gangs that have killed or injured dozens of civilians in that area.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry condemned Buissereth’s killing as a “barbaric act” by armed gangs in Laboule.