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Haiti - FLASH : The ULCC files a complaint against Chancellor Bocchit Edmond
26/12/2019 10:47:38

Haiti - FLASH : The ULCC files a complaint against Chancellor Bocchit Edmond
In the alleged corruption case, involving 6 members of the diplomatic staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stationed in the Dominican Republic https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29509-haiti-flash-the-unit-against-corruption-has-taken-up-the-case-of-the-consul-of-haiti-in-santiago.html , Me Claudy Gassant, Director General of the Unit for the Fight against Corruption (ULCC), for lack of being able to obtain the necessary documents from the Chancellery for the proper functioning of the Commission responsible for the investigation and the impossibility of discussing them in person with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bocchit Edmond, the ULCC https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29586-haiti-flash-the-chancellery-reframes-the-ulcc-in-the-case-of-corruption-of-diplomats-in-dr.html filed a complaint Monday against Chancellor Edmond and the Secretary of the Embassy of Haiti in Santo Domingo Kerby Alcante Desormaux.

In the first complaint, Chancellor Edmond is accused of obstructing justice in violation of article 21 of the law of March 12, 2014 on the prevention and punishment of corruption.

In the second Kerby Alcante Desormaux, is accused of "using several identities, of carrying out commercial activities as a Dominican citizen, whose Dominican cedula number is 224-0036121-2 and at the same time of being a Haitian diplomat in possession of two diplomatic passports. Gassant also points out that this person works under 3 different identities according to a report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs : Kerby Alcante, Kerby Alcante Desormaux and Kerby Alcantara Desormaux.

Reacting in the media Bocchit Edmond said he had no intention of obstructing and that his department was ready to help move the ULCC investigation forward, saying that Claudy Gassant "[...] knows very well although he has no right to summon a minister. He does not have this competence. [...]" In addition, he deplores the wanted notices launched by the ULCC against 6 Embassy officials who consider it "scandalous to issue wanted notices against officials who have not committed any crime" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29586-haiti-flash-the-chancellery-reframes-the-ulcc-in-the-case-of-corruption-of-diplomats-in-dr.html believing that this is an "affront to the Haitian State" wondering on what legal basis the ULCC relies to take such measures.

Me Claudy Gassant, responding to the fact that he did not have the right to summon a Minister or to search for people, invited Edmond to read "the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, the law of May 2014 and the decree of September 8 2004 which creates the ULCC. This institution works on civil servants and the civil service. All those working for the State fall under the jurisdiction of the ULCC. Articles 11 and 12 of the 2004 decree stipulate that the ULCC may conduct searches, seize, place seals, search for corruption-related offenses, search for perpetrators and bring them to justice."

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