Haiti - FLASH : Pastor Amel Lafleur, banned from ministerial and/or pastoral practice for 5 years
Evens Souffrant, the Director General of the Ministry of Worship, as a precautionary measure responded positively to the request of Me Lafontant and sanctioned Pastor Lafleur by prohibiting him from any ministerial and/or pastoral practice for a period of 5 years on the entire national territory.
Letter from the Ministry of Religious Affairs to Pastor Lafleur :
"Port-au-Prince on January 5, 2023
Pastor Amel LAFLEUR
Église de Dieu Indépendante de la Porte Étroite
1, rue Charbonnière and Démélé, Delmas 33
Delmas, Haiti HT6120
The Directorate General of the Ministry of Religious Affairs exercising the supervision of religious institutions established on the territory of the Republic of Haiti, hastens to bring to your attention that by virtue of the videos circulating on social networks and displaying such actions bordering on the attack on modesty and good morals in the presence of the faithful of the church and "video" posted online, he was firmly arrested :
- Pastor Amel LAFLEUR is prohibited from any ministerial and/or pastoral practice for a period of five (5) years from the date of this letter until January 3, 2028 with regard to article 13 of the decree of October 18 1978 commanding the practice of any activities detrimental to public order and morals within the church;
- The board of directors or the executive committee of the Église de Dieu Indépendante de la Porte Étroite will submit to the Ministry of Worship the name of a pastor regularly sworn to act during this period, according to the wish of articles 8 and 9 of the aforementioned decree.
It is imperative that this formality be completed no later than Monday, January 9, 2023 in view of the continuation of ecclesiastical activities.
In the meantime, the General Directorate of the Ministry of Worship sends you its best regards.
For its part, in a press release, the Protestant Federation of Haiti says "to note with indignation the excesses that have occurred in a church that was part of the Protestant community with Pastor Amel Lafleur which undermines the values related to customs, morals, modesty, dignity and human rights."
She "strongly condemns these actions which agitate social networks and which tarnish the image of the Protestant community of Haiti and encourages Pastor Lafleur to consult a psychologist for treatment..."
Remember that Pastor Lafleur is invited to come and explain himself to the Public Prosecutor's Office on January 9, 2023.
Videos in question : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-38526-haiti-flash-pastor-amel-lafleur-invited-to-the-public-prosecutor-s-office-for-public-indecent-exposure-videos.html
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