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President-Elect Money-Laundering Case Comes to a Head, Inauguration Eve

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Judge Bredy Fabien, after three weeks, has ended the money-laundering investigation into President-elect Jovenel Moïse and has forwarded his ordinance to Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger for follow up. On Monday, Commissioner Leger is expected to hold a “press conference” to inform the public of his decision in the high-interest case.

Preparations for Tuesday’s inauguration have continued throughout the investigation and into Monday. General consensus is the expectation of no surprises, but this is moreso due to the spectacular and impromptu appearance of the president-elect at the judge’s offices followed by a press declaration where Mr. Moïse declared the case unfounded and himself, not guilty. Critics believe the judge should have recused himself following the incident, characterized by critics as intimidation of a judge.

The Central Financial Intelligence Unit (UCREF) forwarded the findings of an investigation, which began April 2013, into Jovenel Moïse that found $5.5 million in untraceable funds had passed through his accounts between 2008 and 2012. The investigation was spurred by referrals from some of Haiti’s largest banks and tax agency.

In November and through January, Mr. Moïse and his team defended themselves against the charges by saying the findings were in Haitian gourdes which would have amounted, then, to $88,500 USD. This alibi was refuted by the banking institutions and regulatory agencies. Mr. Moïse’s carousing with at least two indicted, one of which, Senator-elect Guy Philippe, indicted, arrested and extradited to the U.S., has raised eyebrows.

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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.