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Dozen Citizens File Criminal Complaint against First Lady and Others, Dermalog



More than a dozen citizens filed a criminal complaint on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the investigating cabinet, near the civil court of first instance Port-au -Prince against Martine Joseph Moïse, wife of President Jovenel Moïse, and several senior state officials, involved in the Dermalog file, for abuse of authority.

According to the filing obtained by the online news agency, Alterpresse, along with the First Lady, the current Director General of the National Office of National Identification (ONI), Jude Jacques Philippe Elibert, the outgoing Minister of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), Pierre Josué Agénor Cadet, and the outgoing Minister of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), Jean Roudy Aly, and others, are cited in the complaint.

Former Prime Minister Jacques Guy Lafontant (Prime Minister of Haiti, from March 21, 2017 to September 16, 2018) is also concerned, along with the former incumbent of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, former Justice Minister, Heidi Fortuné, and the former Minister of Communication, Guyler C. Delva.

The charges brought against First Lady Martine Joseph Moïse against these officials and former state officials are abuse of office, trading in influence, embezzlement of public funds and violation of the law on the award of public contracts and associations.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in the Senate recommended that public action be set in motion against First Lady Moïse, wife of President Jovenel Moïse, as well as against senior State officials, in an investigation report, formally filed , at the Senate office, Friday, May 24, 2019, and relating to the file of the German company Dermalog.

The document had also called for the suspension of the contract with Dermalog and the cessation of the production of electoral cards, launched, for some time, by the National Identification Office (ONI).

Human rights organizations have also denounced the wife of Jovenel Moise. She is suspected of direct involvement in the process, resulting in the signing of the contract, on the one hand, between representatives of the State and ONI, and, on the other hand, the aforementioned company.

They called the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Litigation (CSCCA) to seize the file, in accordance with the law of May 4, 2016, because of suspicions of corruption surrounding the entire process.

The Haitian government had adopted, on April 30, 2017, a resolution to award the contract to issue a new national identification card to the German company, called Dermalog, without prior approval from the CSCCA.