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Is President Moïse Giving Senator Lambert up to the DEA?

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Purely speculative, highly meritous. A most powerful ally of the Tet Kale regime, Senator Joseph Lambert (KONA - Sud'Est) made headlines this week announcing that he is joining the opposition against President Jovenel Moïse. The divorce may go beyond the fact that Senator Lambert was passed up for prime minister.

Journalist Ernest Laventure Moloskot said he had learned from sources that President Jovenel Moise would be preparing to give up some lawmakers to foreign justice officials, as his position has weakened to the threat of impeachment and not having his nominated prime minister ratified.

Mr. Moloskot, who was once implicated in a corruption scheme within Haiti's customs agency where he allegedly used his favor with the Tet Kale regime to pass items through at little to know cost, cited the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's interest in the affairs of several lawmakers, namely, Mr. Lambert.

It deserves noting that the Director of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), Pierre Esperance, while divulging information surrounding the arrest and interrogation of suspect gang leader, Arnel Joseph, had mentioned that there was a senator of the South-East that Mr. Joseph was questioned about. Mr. Esperance said the DEA had their sights on a senator of that department on the matter of drug-trafficking.

It also deserves noting that in 2013, a young man named Cherlson Sanon, turned himself in to human rights activists and police for having participated in murders, kidnapping and drug-trafficking. Mr. Sanon, said he was in the service of two senators of the South East, Edwin Zenny, a former, and Joseph Lambert, currently sitting.

Spectacular but Not Quite Unprecendented

It's almost not beyond the realm of possibility for a U.S. agency to enter into Haiti and arrest a senator. In 2017, the DEA went into Haiti to arrest Guy Philippe, who was then just elected to the Senate to serve for the department of Grand'Anse.

Mr. Philippe, who lead a coup and was found guilty for money-laundering and drug-trafficking, had not yet taken his oath of office. The action by the U.S. officials of coming into Haiti to arrest one of its citizens was decried enough, but the fact that lawmakers have immunity from arrest, fueled more debate.

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