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Haiti - Politic : Jovenel Moïse visited the Unit for Combating Corruption
17/01/2020 11:46:54

Haiti - Politic : Jovenel Moïse visited the Unit for Combating Corruption
Thursday, as part of an open day, President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied in particular by Jean Roudy Aly, the Minister of Justice, by Mr. Claudy Gassant, the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC ), ministers, former parliamentarians, lawyers and human rights activists visited, the ULCC.

This day of activities was organized to raise awareness of the work, missions and responsibilities of this institution.

During the guided tour, the employees and executives of the institution explained to the visitors the instruments and means available to ULCC to lead the fight against corruption in the country. The opportunity for the Head of State to recall "In 2019, I asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to help strengthen the institutions involved in the fight against corruption. It has agreed to make $18 million available to the government over the next four years to support them.é

Recall that the ULCC has the mission to fight corruption and its manifestations in all its forms.

As part of an investigation, the ULCC can check at any time, for legal consequences, the final declaration of income taxes of any citizen for cases of illicit enrichment for example.

The ULCC can check, at any time, the public expenditure commitments recorded by the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The law of 12 February 2008 relating to the declaration of assets allows the ULCC to combat and prevent illicit enrichment. This law represents a civic engagement and a legally shared responsibility to effectively fight against money laundering and illicit enrichment. This law obliges civil servants and all other subject persons to declare their assets 30 days after they take up their function or their installation and thirty days after the end of their mandate or when they leave office.

Any person who knowingly made an incomplete, inaccurate or false declaration, or made false observations, is prosecuted for false and use of false in accordance with the provisions of the Penal Code.

The ULCC is empowered to ascertain corruption offenses, to collect evidence thereof, to search for the perpetrators and to refer them to justice. If necessary, he may directly request the assistance of the police.

Since the creation of the ULCC, more than fifty files have been forwarded to the prosecution authorities for follow-up, of which only two have been convicted ...

Claudy Gassant deplores the fact that most of the ULCC's investigation files were closed without further action by the Port-au-Prince Prosecutor's Office, out of some fifty files filed since its creation, only two have been convicted... He recalled that in the field of finance, these cases should not be treated like other files, recalling that the legislation on corruption does not grant any privilege or immunity to officials and elected officials.

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