Three Haitian politicians provide financial and operational support to armed gangs
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, OTTAWA – The Canadian government decided on Saturday (11/19/2022) local time to impose sanctions on three Haitian political elites. The targeted sanctions were imposed in response to the behavior of politicians for providing illicit financial and operational support to armed gangs.
“These individuals are using their status as current or former holders of public office to protect and enable the illegal activities of armed criminal gangs, including through money laundering and other acts of corruption,” the Canadian government said in a statement. a statement.
“Today’s sanctions are intended to stop the flow of illicit funds and weapons and to weaken and cripple Haiti’s criminal gangs,” said the statement released by the Foreign Ministry.
Canadian sanctions are aimed at preventing the flow of illegal money and weapons into Haiti that aid criminal gangs. Among the politicians sanctioned are Senator Ronny Célestin, former Senator Hervé Fourcand and former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Gary Bodeau. Canada will freeze all assets they hold in Canada.
Haiti’s armed gangs have expanded their strength since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021. Prime Minister Ariel Henry has struggled to restore order in the country.
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