Haiti: Prominent businessman arrested for role in kidnapping

By on November 12, 2012

Someone sent me Amy Wilentz’s recent article which discusses the arrest of alleged kidnapping gang leader Clifford Brandt in Haiti. In the text, there is this paragraph, especially its last sentence, that caught my attention:

“There were many theories about who was behind the enlevman, as kidnapping is called in Creole; kidnapping of this kind is always and everywhere an organized business of sorts. Many thought it was being run by the Brazilian troops who were a part of the approximately 11,000-person UN force that had been put in place in Haiti after Aristide’s fall, since Rio is a known vortex of kidnappers. Others claimed the business was being run by supporters of ousted president Aristide, in order to destabilize the new government. Others felt that it was just the usual criminal element, street thugs and drug lords taking advantage of troubled times. Everyone suspected — indeed, everyone knew — that there was police collusion, no matter who was the guiding force. No one, or no one who was talking, suspected the traditional elite. (Now everyone in Haiti says they knew, but that’s just Monday-morning F.B.I.ing.)”


Contrary to Amy Wilentz’ assertion, there were those who suspected the traditional “elite” all along and they did speak up. Some of it was done, in fact, on this very list (Bob Corbett’s Haiti List).

Rather than Monday-morning FBI.ing, isn’t what we are living these days better characterized as a case of “WE TOLD YOU SO – LONG AGO!”

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From: Amy Wilentz <amywilentz@mac.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM
Subject: Re: Saint-Vil (comment) Silence for werewolves of good family
To: Jean Saint-Vil <jafrikayiti@hotmail.com>

Thanks for this. May I quote you on my blog? I would very much like to.
You have shown me up, Jean!!



See: Haiti police investigate prominent businessman for alleged role in kidnapping ring

By The Associated Press October 24, 2012

Read more:http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Haiti+police+investigate+prominent+businessman+alleged+role/7441222/story.html#ixzz2C2s18Zji

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