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Haiti - FLASH : Canada sanctions 3 of the most powerful businessmen in Haiti
These latest sanctions target 3 of the richest businessmen in Haiti : Gilbert Bigio, Reynold Deeb and Sherif Abdallah and impose a dealings prohibition on them, effectively freezing any assets they may hold in Canada.
"Canada has reason to believe these individuals are using their status as high-profile members of the economic elite in Haiti to protect and enable the illegal activities of armed criminal gangs, including through money laundering and other acts of corruption.
These gangs and their supporters continue to terrorize vulnerable populations in Haiti with impunity and are precipitating a humanitarian crisis in the country that includes the resurgence of cholera. They are also committing unspeakable violence, including widespread sexual violence, against affected populations and impeding the delivery of critical services and humanitarian aid," says the press release from Global Affairs Canada
Following these new sanctions, Minister Joly declared "Canada is taking a leadership role in sanctioning elites to prevent them from supporting gangs that are committing violence against Haitian people. Canada calls on the international community to follow our lead and impose sanctions against gangs and their supporters to help the people of Haiti emerge from this crisis and restore peace and security in their country."
So far, Canada has already adopted sanctions against Joseph Lambert, Youri Latortue, Jimmy Chérizier, Gary Bodeau, Rony Célestin, Hervé Fourcand, Michel Martelly, Jean Henry Céant, Laurent Lamothe, Gilbert Bigio, Reynol Deeb and Sherif Abdallah.
Next to Canada, the United States does not seem to sanction people residing legally in the United States, or Americans. However, it should be remembered that while Canada can sanction persons or entities on the basis of information, the sanctions against persons residing legally in the United States must be based on a case filed by law enforcement, which entitles the indexed individuals to sue the Government in response to the sanctions. This opens the way to additional litigation, which is often long and costly for the American authorities...
But in the face of these sanctions carried out from abroad, the justice system and the Haitian political class remain silent.
Learn more about Gilbert Bigio:
Gilbert Bigio, is considered without question as the most powerful and the richest businessman in Haiti. He is a native American citizen with strong ties to the US Congressional Israel Lobby.
The empire of the Bigio Group (GB), is very vast and diversified just as a summary overview (not exhaustive) let us mention in the field of energy, the businessman would have operations in five Caribbean countries and his Group would own 400 service stations (Shell, Chevron and Texaco). Gas stations Total, Shell, Nativa, Sunix, Sigma, Ecopetroleo, Petronan and Nex are part of mixed investments with other Haitian businessmen
The Group also owns 8 airports and 5 fuel import terminals, including Aviation Business in Punta Cana, Santiago and Samaná in the Dominican Republic.
It is also the second largest construction group in Haiti. He Operates the investment finance and brokerage firm GB Capital and the construction products industry Southern Steel
Other investments are syndicated in Caribbean Media and Challenges, in the Lafito https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-14398-haiti-economy-inauguration-of-the-new-world-class-port-lafito.html and ZFIE, in Agro Products and Services, Florida, the main headquarters of Bigio Group operations. He would have other commercial operations with the Bonetti and the Merv, for operations in the port of Port-au-Prince.
Established in Haiti since 1896, the GB Group is one of the largest private industrial groups in the Caribbean, with operations concentrated in Haiti and offices in Miami, Santo Domingo and Port au Prince. With more than 2,000 employees, the GB group includes many companies [Aciérie d'Haïti (ADH), Huileries Haïtiennes (HUHSA), Sodigaz, Gentel, Metalec Prometal etc…] divisions and affiliates and joint ventures, which operate in the following 9 industries: Agriculture (Coming Soon), Building Materials, Consumer Goods, Energy/Fuel Distribution, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Trade, Transportation.
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Image thumbnail : Sherif Abdallah in the upper right, Reynol Deeb in the lower right and Gilbert Bigio in the lower left
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