Haiti: Mobs Lynch and Burn 3 Suspected Thieves
- Sunday, July 08, 2012 7:00 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police say three young people, suspected thieves, were killed Saturday by groups of angry people who hung one and burned two in burning tires.
Two bodies were found charred and limbs tied in the district of San, in La Plaine (north of Port-au-Prince). A third body was found in roughly the same condition on Route National 2 (south of the capital).
"Regarding the incident in Santo, there were three motorcycle thieves that were chased by an angry mob. We caught one, but two others were beaten with stones and iron bars by a crowd that then began to burn the bodies," said a police officer contacted by phone by the AFP.
Police could not provide an explanation about the third person found dead with hands tied and the body hung on Route National 2.
In November 2011 two lynchings had occurred, one in Port-au-Prince another in Les Cayes.
The man in Les Cayes named Pierre-Roland Amazan was hung by an angry mob for being suspected of involvement in the death of his cousin, Faubert Amazan. The other in Port-au-Prince was shot first and then hung by residents who accused him of trying to steal a Blackberry cellphone.
To curb the phenomenon, the authorities in recent months, have begun arresting people in proximity of summary executions.
These practices are common in the popular areas of the country, mainly because of the frustration that causes the persistence of criminal insecurity and passivity of a judicial system where the population has clearly not trusted.