World October 19, 2023 | 10:38 am

UN Report: Haitian Politicians and Businessmen Used Gangs to Extend Their Influence

Haiti.- A recent United Nations (UN) report has shed light on a troubling web of connections between former heads of state, prime ministers, current government officials, wealthy individuals from the private sector, journalists, and politicians in Haiti. According to the report, these prominent figures have exploited the influence of local gangs in Haiti to further their interests and agendas, exacerbating the ongoing issue of insecurity in the region.

One notable individual mentioned in the report is Michel Joseph Martelly, who served as Haiti’s president from 2011 to 2016. The report states that Martelly utilized these gangs as a means to advance his political goals, providing financial support and firearms to several notorious groups, including “Base 257,” “Village de Dieu,” “Ti Bois,” and “Grand Ravine.”

UN experts have gathered substantial evidence pointing to the involvement of Reynold Deeb, a member of Haiti’s economic elite, in financing gang members to safeguard his business interests. Shockingly, the report alleges that Deeb even paid a gang leader to oversee activities in the ports and supported the “Pei lök” movement, which opposed the leadership of Jovenel Moïse.

Two other prominent individuals, Youry Latortue and Prophane Victor, are implicated for their alleged support of gangs in the “Artibonite” region. Prophane Victor, a former deputy, is accused of colluding with the “Gran grif” gang, while former senator Youry Latortue is suspected of having ties to the “Kokorat san ras” gang.

The UN committee has expressed the hope that once this list is officially published, those implicated in the report will be apprehended promptly. The revelations in this report underscore the pressing need to address the deep-rooted issues of corruption, crime, and political manipulation that continue to plague Haiti, hindering progress and stability in the region.

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Paul Tierney
October 19, 2023 10:50 am

Using gangs? No kidding!

luis aquino
October 19, 2023 11:29 am

But some commenters here want you belive that the whole canal thing is being done by the “haitian people” and not well conected senators and their gans.

October 19, 2023 1:46 pm
Reply to  luis aquino

If you read the article you would could extrapolate that the people in question were in opposition to Jovenel Moise. The one who put the canal project in place to begin with. He wanted the farmers to succeed and for the country to no longer rely on those connected business man that make mad money from imports and control the ports as well and do not want the Haitian population to be self-sufficient. Especially when the diaspora is sending so much money every month to buy…buy…buy and no production. The on-going story that the canal is not a project for the people is a non-starter, it’s false. Jovenel had started a collective for banana producer where he is from so that they could export jointly and it was working very well. He had the same idea for the area where that canal is currently. DR sees that as a threat, hence the real reason behind these false narratives you spewing.

luis aquino
October 19, 2023 4:26 pm
Reply to  Felipe

as a treat how?, DUDE DR is one of the largest banana exporters, there is absolutelly no way an artisanal plantation with no water or good soil, in a chaotic anarchic contry without a good port near by can be a treat. get you head out of your rear parts.

October 20, 2023 8:23 am
Reply to  luis aquino

As a THREAT not treat lol. You need to clear your eyes, its been in your rear parts to long. You proved my point. You’re just repeating non-sense. You’re hate and patriotism is way to high to understand. Threat of losing business with Haiti of course. Nobody is talking about dethroning DR as a banana producer of night. If Haiti does start to get their agriculture industry together that will be millions to billions of loss in trade with DR.

October 19, 2023 3:14 pm

Nothing surprising at all. Many of us already knew this…

Steve Seaman
October 19, 2023 8:08 pm

The business elites, politicians and gangs are all in it together and always have been, this is hardly news and certainly not worth whatever exorbitant cost the UN doubtless paid for it.
They could just have asked anyone who has ever tried to do business, or deliver aid in Haiti.