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Haiti - Elections : At least 55 arrests related to elections
25/03/2011 10:03:33

Haiti - Elections : At least 55 arrests related to elections
The Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH) and the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah) and have proceeded to the interpellation and arrested at least 55 people across the country including officials from government, public servants, officers of the PNH and citizens. These interpellation and arrested are related to the election issue and were conducted on the eve of the poll, polling day or the next day. Weapons of war and handguns were seized.

On the security plan, the officers of the PNH and of the Minustah have been deployed across the country. They were noticed both within and outside the voting centers in proportion of at least 2 officers of the PNH and 2 officers the Minustah per polling station. However, in some places officers of the PNH have invested the premises of the voting centers while the agents of the Minustah, kept a certain distance from these centers while being ready to intervene in case of slippage.

Overall, the PNH and the Minustah have been proactive against troublemakers, unlike the elections of November 28, 2010. The PNH and the Minustah ave proceeded to the interpellation and arrested at least 55 people, including several officials. According to the information that the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH) provided us, this would include: Eneld Applon former deputy and candidate for Thomonde to his succession under the banner of the platform INITE, Me Joël Lubin, substitute Government Commissioner at the Court of First Instance of Mirebalais, Bahon, Henry Philippe, Vice Delegate of the district Grande Rivière du Nord, of 2 police officers, public servants and other citizens.

The charges are varied: illegal weapons possession, fraud, possession of multiple voter cards, usurpation of the title of representative, possession of several representatives cards issued in different names, violence, disruption, etc.

In addition, 10 handguns, 6 weapons, 2 knives, 25 grenades and tear gas cartridges have been seized on election day.

HL/ HaitiLibre / RNDDH

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