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Prosecution Demanded for Dozens of High-Ranking Gov’t Officials

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – On Friday, November 10, 2017, a senate commission submitted a 656-page report on its 18-month long investigation into the management of the PetroCaribe fund, today amounting to a debt of $3.5 billion [USD] of Haiti to Venezuela. The Haiti Sentinel received a certified copy of the report late Friday evening.

The highly detailed document by the Special Senatorial Investigating Commission (CSSE) into the Petro Caribe Fund documents an investigation from the funds inception on September 2008, and for an 8-year period ending on September 2016. It indicts two dozen high-ranking officials, all of whom served under the former administration of President Michel Martelly (2011-2016) and one, former Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who served under former President Rene Preval (2006-2011).

One of the many findings of misappropriation, as tweeted by Radio France Internationale journalist Amelie Baron, is the matter of the construction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The budget for the project was set at $14.7 million [USD]. To date, $10 million [USD] has been paid from the fund for this building. The project’s expected date of completion is March 2014, but to date, the status of the construction project is 0% completed.

Concluding in bold and underlined terms, the investigating committee writes:

Based on the foregoing considerations, the CSSE believes that the PETRO CARIBE Fund has been subject to misappropriation, exploitation, embezzlement and abuse on the part of those indexed in this report.

Of “those indexed” in the report, the CSSE recommended that the individuals be prosecuted. These are director generals and heads of departments, including the following prime ministers and ministers:

1 – Jacques Gabriel (ancien ministre TPTC)
2 – Jean Marx Bellerive
3 – Laurent Lamothe
4 – Josefa Gauthier
5 – Jacques Rousseau
6 – Marie Carmelle Jean Marie
7 – Wilson Laleau
8 – Florence Duperval Guillaume
9 – Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin
10 – Yves Germains Joseph
11 – Max Rudolph Saint-Albin
12 – Hervé Day
13 – Michel Content
14 – Lionel Grand Pierre

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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.