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Haiti - Security : Violence in Bel-Air neighborhood, at least 15 dead
Following the armed clashes that took place between 4 and 7 November in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which killed at least 15 people and wounded several others, according to the National Defense Network of Human Rights (RNDDH), Jean Roudy Aly, the Minister of Justice expressed concern about the situation and "bitterly deplores these heinous acts that aggravate the violence perpetrated by individuals without faith or law [...] who believe they can to reign, in all peace, fear, to mourn, by take away the life of peaceful citizens and destroy their property."
Recall that according to an investigation of the RNDDH "[...] November 4, 2019 in the morning, Jimmy Cherizier aka 'Barbecue', 'Ti Sonson', Head of the gang 'Base Krache Dife', accompanied by several heavily armed individuals returned to the Bel-Air area and set fire to at least 4 vehicles and damaged at least 2 EDH transformers. In Mayard, 7 other vehicles and 20 houses were burned. At Le Morne Marinette intense shootings were recorded, carrying 'Barbecue' to flee...
[...] November 5, a new attack was perpetrated against the population of Bel-Air. Houses, motorcycles and cars were once again burned.
[...] on November 6th, 'Barbecue' and 'Ti Sonson' went once again to Bel-Air. That day, 14 people died : 13 perished in the fire of one house and another was beheaded to Mayard. The corpses of all the victims were washed away. Several people were shot and wounded. Vehicles parked at the side of the road were set on fire.
[...] On November 7, heavily armed individuals dressed in red and black took control of the Bel-Air area, bringing many residents to abandon their homes [...]"Note that the RNDDH accuses the Executive of being behind these acts of violence...
For his part, Minister Aly states that "[...] these acts will not go unpunished. The police and the justice have already been seized of the file and remain mobilized to hunt down these bandits and drag them by before the courts so that they answer for their acts [...]" inviting all the citizens to collaborate and to stand out from the bandits so to contribute to security in the country.
Jean Roudy Aly, the Minister of Justice presents "his sympathies to the victims and reiterates his commitment and his determination to work for the implementation of an effective criminal policy that will not leave any crime unpunished."
Moreover, in a correspondence sent to Me Jacques Lafontant, the acting Commissioner of the Government of Port-au-Prince, Minister Aly asks him "[...] to conduct an investigation into the facts reported in the media, resulting from clashes between armed gangs in the Bel-Air district of Port-au-Prince [...] I am therefore waiting for the Public Prosecutor's Office to act effectively as soon as possible to shed light on these facts and allow justice to take its course [...]"