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Lavalas leader says PHTK funded by ISIS terrorists

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – A candidate for Senate under Fanmi Lavalas alleged the political party of the presumptive President-elect Jovenel Moise was receiving funding from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Violent declaration by PHTK member Dimitry Craan, cited by Louis Gerald Gilles

Dr. Louis Gerald Gilles, a top leader in the party of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, launched the allegations on Monday morning, the day after learning he had placed 3rd in his bid for Senator of the West. Preliminary legislative results.

In an interview with Denel Santon on Zenith FM, Dr. Gilles said that the Jovenel Moise campaign had received financing from the wealthy private sector, naming Reginald Boulos, in his accusation. He said this class, “Syrians”, noting their ethnic descent, would be tied with “da’esch“.

The Fanmi Lavalas leader has been participating in protests since November 21, 2016, the day after the November 20 elections. The Lavalas sector and a proponent radio station, Radio Timoun, has been accused, theirselves, of violent rhetoric and rioting. Yet, even as preliminary presidential results were announced on November 28, Gilles did not make such allegations. It was not until it was learned that he was not on top of his senatorial race that the claim was made.

Dr. Gilles provided no real evidence to back his accusation but it came at an opportune time, where he could point to the serious threat of deaths made by an Muslim PHTK member named, Dimitry Craan.

Craan released a video via social media on November 28 declaring a jihad against those who would stand against the Jovenel Moise presidency. The widely circulated, threatening remarks caught the attention of the public prosecutor in Port-au-Prince.

The Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince, Danton Leger, interviewed Craan on December 2, 2016. Craan left the interview declaring he is not involved in terrorism and said he has had to live in hiding since making those initial declarations.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.