Crime

Brandt Cousin: Right now only rumors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "As of today everything is rumors," Cedric Brandt said about the arrest of his cousin, a businessman named Clifford. Brandt said the family is praying for his cousin and is happy that the Moscoso's were returned to their parents.

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Haitian Businessman Arrested for Kidnapping

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Clifford Brandt, a wealthy businessman of an Arabic-Haitian family was arrested by the National Police of Haiti for his involvement in the kidnapping of two adults on October 16 as part of a larger kidnapping network in Haiti, authorities say.

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Kompa Promoter Kills Himself in Miami

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Kompa promoter Joseph "Country" Kernizan who has been on the run from police since becoming the prime suspect in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend was tracked down by police Miami early Wednesday morning where he shot himself.

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NYC Kompa Promoter on the Lamb for Double Homicide


NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - The New York Haitian Music Industry (HMI) scene is shocked at the double homicide that has Nu-Look promoter Joseph "Country" Kernizan on the run from police. Police say Country fired more than two dozen bullets killing his ex-girlfriend and a new boyfriend at a motel.

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Atlanta Consul for Investment Arrested for Auto Theft [UPDATED]

ATLANTA, USA (defend.ht) - Moise Garcon, Consul for Investment at the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta was arrested for theft of a Toyota 4Runner in Henry County, Georgia on Wednesday.

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Haiti Police: Four More Arrests after Death of Four Young Siblings

JACMEL, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police in the Sud-Est carried out the arrest of four suspects in the town of Jacmel Friday evening for their involvement in the death of four young children in the nearby town of Marbial Thursday night. According to one arrested, a lwa had asked for the children.

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Haiti: Mother Arrested, Hougan on the Run after Death of 4 Children

MARBIAL, Haiti (defend.ht) - Police in the Sud-Est have arrested 29 year old mother Andre-Marc Chery and are searching for a hougan named Wilber Louverture after four of Chery's children, aged 15 months to 7 years old, were found dead Friday morning.

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Haiti: Peasant Farmers Killed in Bloody Land Eviction Operation

MARIGOT, Haiti (defend.ht) - Residents of the seaside commune of Marigot, 10 miles east of Jacmel, have filed complaints to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to investigate the deaths of a suspected dozen Haitians during a land eviction operation on Monday July 23rd.

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15 Dominican Trucks Smuggling Products to Haiti Seized

MALPASSE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At least 15 trucks, loaded with products from the Dominican Republic, were seized by Haitian authorities on Tuesday for trying to smuggle the products into the country, duty-free, under the guise of the small cross-border market trade.

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Elvis Dumervil Arrested after Road Rage Incident

MIAMI BEACH, FL, USA (defend.ht) - Denver Broncos Pro Bowl defense end, Elvis Dumervil, and friend, Andy Auguste, were arrested on Saturday and charged with aggravated assault for showing their firearms during an incident of road rage.

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Two Kidnapped while Retracing Jesus' Steps in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt (defend.ht) - Officials in Egypt are preparing to negotiate for the release of two Haitian-Americans abducted by armed Bedouins in the mountainous Sinai region on Friday. The U.S. State Department said it would be working closely with the Egyptian authorities to bring about their safe release.

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Haiti: Mobs Lynch and Burn 3 Suspected Thieves

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.

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Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond Indicted for Conspiracy to Murder

NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - Things have gone from bad to worse for James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond who was formally indicted on Friday for conspiracy to murder a close associate of rapper 50 Cent.

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Haiti: State Officials Arrested for Embezzling Education Funds

PORT-DE-PAIX, Haiti (defend.ht) – Three individuals have been arrested and one is on the run for their alleged involvement in the embezzlement of 3.7 million HTG ($90,000 [US]).

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Florida Highway Patrolman Killed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed on Saturday while in Haiti where he had gone to be with his wife who was in poor health.

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Haiti: Six Election Officials Arrested

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Six agents of the disbanded Provisional Electoral Council were arrested on Tuesday for the theft of government property which included 460 laptops, 160 solar panels and 207 memory cards.

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Police Shoot "Zombie" Man Eating Homeless Man Face

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - Police in Miami shot Rudy Eugene, 31, when he was found naked along side a homeless man off the freeway in Florida eating the man's face. Witnesses are calling it a zombie-like attack.

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Former Gov't Official Gets 9 Years Accepting Telecom Bribes

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The former director of international relations for the former Haitian government telecommunications company, Teleco, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison on Monday for accepting $500,000 [US] in exchange for preferable treatment to certain telecommunication companies.

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U.S. Citizen Arrested for Housing Program

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Lillian C. Miller a citizen of the United States that was administrating a housing program for at least 15,000 people was arrested on Monday morning at Delmas 5 by the Government Commissioner on charges of not acquiring a residence permit and documents authorizing her activities.

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Americans Helping Ex-Soldiers Jailed for Conspiracy

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Two Americans are in jail in Haiti for what authorities charge as conspiracy to destabilize the government. The two men gave rides to some of the former soldiers who participated in a march in the capital on Friday.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly