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Defense

Haiti: Police say Fevry Jr committed suicide, family says murder

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haiti's police investigations bureau said in its final report, last week, that suicide was the cause of death of, 34-year old, Osner Fevry Jr. The report was vehemently rejected by the Senate, father, family and friends of Fevry Jr, who among others, point to 49 photos taken of the deceased body having cuts, bruises and broken teeth, signs consistent with torture before a bullet to the head.

Legislative

Haiti: Tet Kale Senators abandon plan to resign

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Senator Wencesclass Lambert emerged in the Senate on Wednesday after a long absence, even missing the closing of the legislative session. After three weeks of ridicule, Lambert said he would not be resigning as part of an ultimatum he and other Martelly partisans made late August.

Legislative

Haiti: Pro-Martelly Senators Vow to Resign

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senators supporting President Michel Martelly announced their intention to resign from office by September 15, 2014 if the Senate does not vote the electoral law sent by the National Palace to the Parliament. These senators say their resignations will allow the nation to finally organize elections that are four years overdue.

Executive

1 Million Reward for Clifford Brandt's Capture, Haiti Gov't Mum

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Dominican army personnel who captured the fugitive, Clifford Brandt, and two accomplices were honored by their major general on Wednesday, while on the side of Haitian officials, questions regarding the 1,000,000 HTG ($22,250 [US]) reward promised for the fugitive Brandt's return to custody, have gone unanswered.

Defense

Haiti Fugitive Clifford Brandt captured at border

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Sources say the infamous leader of a powerful kidnapping-murder syndicate, Clifford Brandt, was captured attempting to cross into the Dominican Republic at the border town of Cornillon/Grand Bois.

Judicial

Haiti: Belizaire issues no-fly order against Aristide

Written by Samuel Maxime .

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The embattled Judge Lemarre Belizaire issued a no-fly order against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a case that was opened in 2005. The political nature of the judge's order in a palpably tense electoral climate, will likely further the impossibility of elections being held in Haiti with Michel Martelly as Head of State.

Defense

Haiti Video: Police accused of torture and death of mentally ill man

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - 7 of 12 police officers and firefighters, that were present at the brutal beating of a 41-year old mentally ill man, who subsequently died three days later, were placed on administratively leave, announced the inspection general of the police on Tuesday.

Defense

Haiti: Drastic changes at the Toussaint Louverture Int'l Airport, announced

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, drastic security changes were announced for the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince.

Legislative

Haiti: Amendments to Electoral Law aborted in Senate

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A debate to discuss whether amendments to the Electoral Law of 2013 merited acceptance and a vote could not be held on Thursday due to a lack of quorum. At least five senators, who await draft amendments from an electoral council, as the Constitution requires, abstained from participation to visit a member of the Lower House, who had entered the 9th day of a hunger strike.

International

'Assessing Progress in Haiti Act' is on Obama’s Desk

Written by Samuel Maxime .

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The U.S. House passed, without objection, on Friday, a bill giving Congress unprecedented monitoring of more than $3.6 billion in assistance to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and annual reporting by the Secretary of State on Haiti’s commitment to transparency, a market economy, rule of law, and democracy through December 2017. Having passed the U.S. Senate just 15 days earlier, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014 is on President Barack Obama’s desk awaiting his signature for enactment.

Presidential

Haiti: 'Consultations', latest performance by President Martelly

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly has no intention of holding free and fair elections in Haiti and "consultations" with political allies are his latest performance. The president of the chamber minority bloc, Deputy Sadrac Dieudonne, said the highly publicized talks are due to pressure from U.N. officials in Haiti, who would have liked the Haitian president to be able to say he is doing something before leaving for the general assembly on Tuesday.

Legislative

Fifth Tet Kale Senator will resign says Senator Zenny

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Edwin Zenny says he has found a fifth senator, who along with him, will resign from the Senate by September 15, in their estimation, to pave the way for elections, four years overdue.

International

Haiti Sources: US threatens to cut Visas of 6 Senators and family

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - The U.S. State Department is threatening to cut the visas of six senators and their families according to sources.

International

Canada: Haitian authorities should explain prison break

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MONTREAL, Canada (sentinel.ht) - The Canadian government, which built Haiti's maximum-security prison in Croix-des-Bouquets, said it was not at fault for the suspicious breakout of more than 300 prisoners last Sunday, saying it's up to Haitian authorities to explain how the inmates got out.

Defense

Retired U.S. Marine continues service in Haiti

Written by Cpl Jackeline Perez Rivera .

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, USA (sentinel.ht/DVIDS) - A Marine retiree initiated a project to help children in her homeland of Haiti with the help of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and local communities.

Executive

Lawmakers called 'Suicide Terrorists' by Haiti Prime Ministry

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Spokesman for the Prime Ministry on Monday called Senators, six, hoping to establish an electoral process more inline with the Constitution, as "kamikaz", a term in Haiti for suicide bombers, terrorists, such as those which committed the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Legislative

Haiti Lawmaker enters 17th day of Hunger Strike

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Deputy Arnel Belizaire (Delmas/Tabarre/ind.) has gone from 205lbs to 162lbs as he enters his 17th day on a hunger strike in the Parliamentary chambers. He is being urged by medical professionals and a bicameral commission to end the strike or risk irreparable harm to mind and body.

International

Senegal: Illicit enrichment trial against ex-Min. Karim Wade begins

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DAKAR, Senegal (sentinel.ht) - Prosecutors say they will present 4,000 pages of evidence in a trial expected to call upon 77 witnesses, include 50 lawyers, 9 defendants and 7 judges in a trial that began Thursday. Observers in Haiti will be paying close attention to the illicit enrichment trial of, Karim Wade, son of the former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who held powerful positions in his father's government, including Minister of International Cooperation, Infrastructure and Public Works.

Presidential

Martelly sets up Trinidad for oil exploration rights in Haiti

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (sentinel.ht) - The Martelly administration, Monday, signed an agreement with Trinidad & Tobago to allow the country to explore oil in Haiti, in return, Haiti would commit to purchase petroleum products from Trinidad through its investments in service stations in the country.

Legislative

Haiti: Lawmaker continues hunger strike into 8th day

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - In a nation where human life has little value, the elected representative of the people of the great Port-au-Prince district of Delmas and Tabarre puts his life at risk in order to call his colleagues and others for three demands: the removal of Chief Justice Anel Alexis Joseph, illegitimately appointed by President Martelly and widely considered corrupt; the release of political prisoners, such as the Florestal brothers, who filed criminal complaints against First Lady Sophia Martelly and son Olivier for embezzlement; and an accounting on the part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which was partitioned millions to support the Haitian legislature, though tangible results seem non-existent.