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Haiti - Justice : Market of Tabarre, 6 suspects arrested...
28/02/2012 12:16:51

Haiti - Justice : Market of Tabarre, 6 suspects arrested...
The President Michel Martelly, held yesterday Monday, February 27, at the National Palace, an important meeting to discuss with Government officials, of actions to be taken following the fire occurred to the public market of Tabarre on the night of 24 to 25 February.

Have taken part in this working meeting: Me Thierry Mayard Paul, Minister of the Interior, Local Authorities and National Defense, Mr. André Lemercier Georges, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Wilson Laleau , Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Yanick Mézile, Minister for Women's Affairs and Women's Rights, Mr. Frantz Théodate, Mayor of Tabarre, Charles Castel, Governor of the BRH, Mr. Robert Pardo Vice President of the BNC, Mr. Hervé Denis, President of CCIH and several advisors of the Presidency.

Following this meeting, the following decisions were taken :

  • The Government is considering, in conjunction with the City of Tabarre, ways and means to alleviate the most vulnerable victims and rebuild the market
  • Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) will hold a meeting tomorrow with microfinance institutions to encourage them to advance funds to their debtors affected
  • The Government take all necessary steps to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of the fire.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Mario Beauvoir, the Government Commissioner of the Croix des Bouquets stated "...last night about eleven o'clock, there were explosions, gunshots were fired, and then ensued a mess. The fire was put in four central points, then in the center of market allowing this whole disaster occurs.

Today [Saturday] I want to make clear to everyone that this is a criminal hand that is behind and the justice will take action against these malefactors, against these criminal with all the rigor that the law allows... [...] Ourselves at the level of the prosecution, we have already arrested 4 security agents, as well as the Director and the responsible for the security of market [...] we will hear the mayors, we will invites them today so that they come tell what they know about the market that burned [...]"

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