Canada sanctions Michel Martelly, Laurent Lamothe and Jean-Henry Céant for financing armed gangs

Canada It has just sanctioned former President Michel Martelly and former Prime Ministers Laurent Lamothe and Jean Henry Céant “for their involvement in financing armed gangs,” according to Louis Blouin, a journalist and parliamentary correspondent for Radio Canada in Ottawa.

The information is confirmed by the Canadian ambassador to Haiti, Sébastien Carrière.

These new sanctions came almost 24 hours after those imposed on incumbent Senator Rony Célestin, former Senator Hervé Fourcand and former president of the Chamber of Deputies Gary Bodeau, also charged with “illicit financial and operational support to armed gangs,” according to a statement from Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

Jean-Henry Céant

“These latest sanctions […] they impose a ban on transactions, which will have the effect of freezing any assets they may have in Canada”, reads the document consulted by our editorial staff.

In addition, Canada indicates that it has “reason to believe that these individuals are using their status as former or current public officials to protect and enable the illegal activities of armed criminal gangs, including through money laundering and other acts of corruption.”

Ottawa explains that these measures “are aimed at stopping the flow of illicit capital and weapons, as well as weakening and disabling Haiti’s criminal gangs.”

Laurent Lamothe

– A growing list

The governments of Canada and the United States had announced, on Friday, November 4, sanctions against the president of the great body, Joseph Lambert, and the former senator and former president of the Senate Youri Latortue.

The two political figures are prohibited from transactions in Canada and the United States, which will result in the freezing of all their assets in these countries.

Lambert and Latortue “abused their official positions to conduct drug trafficking and collaborated with criminal and gang networks to undermine the rule of law in Haiti,” the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

Lambert, accused by the United States of “gross violations of human rights”, is prohibited from entering US territory. The sanctions also affect members of his family.

In their defense, the two men denounced sanctions and political accusations related to their position in relation, in particular, to any project of international intervention in Haiti. They also announced that justice would be done.

“I affirm that they were wrong and I will fight against this unfounded decision,” Lambert hammered on November 4.

– Barbecue

A little more recently, on November 14, the Canadian Foreign Minister announced Monday that Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly had announced sanctions against Jimmy Chérizier dit Barbecue.

This ban is part of a series of sanctions against the former police officer and leader of the G9 armed federation and is linked to the “recent resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that provides for sanctions as a “response to unacceptable conduct”. of armed criminal gangs in Haiti.

“This move has the effect of freezing any assets you may have in Canada and imposing a travel ban and arms embargo,” Global Affairs Canada writes.

SOURCE: Haiti Loops News

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