2005: STANLEY HANDAL: Arrested, then released....then? http://www.godisnotwhite.com/is-coicou-a-good-family-name/
"the Police spokeperson who refused to divulgate the identity of a detainee suspected of involvement in kidnappings, shamelessly intervening to protect his « good family name », was lamenting to reporters how “there are people of good family and high social level that unfortunately are involved in kidnappings”
The arrest of Stanley Handal, a multi-millionaire suspected to be a ring leader of the kidnapping enterprise, seems to corroborate the many reports which suggested all along that the materminds of the kidnapping phenomenon are rich and powerful individuals from Haiti’s ruling elite who have powerful connections in the banking industry and within a faction of the post-coup government, and who, as identified by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, are the primary owners of firearm stocks in the country.
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=55&ItemID=8165 2012: CLIFFORD BRANDT: Prominent businessman arrested for role in kidnapping http://www.godisnotwhite.com/haiti-prominent-businessman-arrested-for-role-in-kidnapping/
“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!”
CLIFFORD BRANDT is said to be incarcerated in new "air-conditionned" prison, said to be modern and top-security - a pride jewel of Canadian Government contribution to post-2004 Coup Haiti
"On October 28, 2012, the Prison Civile de la Croix-des-Bouquets was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Haiti. The prison is a Canadian project funded through DFATD's Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) program. CSC staff provided support and technical advice in the project management, and assisted with policy development...
From 2007 to 2013, CSC managed 49 Canadian correctional deployments to MINUSTAH – 45 CSC deployments and four provincial correctional deployments from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. These correctional experts were influential in improving prison conditions by providing advice to all levels of Haitian correctional staff. They provided mentoring and training in areas such as prison management, contingency plan development and promotion of international human rights standards...". http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/in-the-world/004002-1001-eng.shtml
August 10, 2014: CLIFFORD BRANDT Escapes from Prison Civile de la Croix-des-Bouquets
"Clifford Brandt, a close friend of current U.S.-backed Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly and of his sons, is said to be the #1 ring leader of Gang Galil, a vicious criminal gang that specializes in kidnappings for ransom.
The many privileges enjoyed by Clifford Brandt in freedom, in jail or in hiding continue to be a source of great embarrassment for Michel Martelly as well as his foreign supporters in the governments of the U.S., Canada and France".
http://www.godisnotwhite.com/haiti-prominent-businessman-arrested-for-role-in-kidnapping/ ....PART 2 - THE STREET GANGS: Ti Kenkenn & Tèt Kale
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Joel Super Star
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JAF ,lè w ap li AMY WILENTZ ,ke AMERIKEN yo konsidere yon ekspè ann AYITI e ak sa Près GNB is lan ap ekri e kontinye ap ekri ,w ap mande si se sou menm PLANÈT lan y ap viv.
Lan ""WEREWOLVES IN THE CLUBS"" "'LOUGAROU LAN KLIB YO"' Li vle di KLIB PETYONVIL ,li montre movèz fwa PRÈS GNBIS lan pou yo te mete bagay kidnaping lan sou do PATIZAN ARISTIDE yo. Li montre ke depi an 2005 bagay yo te trò SOFISTIKE ,pou se yon pòv MALERE SITE SOLÈY ki te dèyè bagay sa a e li di ke PRÈS GNBis t ap ize bagay KIDNAPING pou di ke PATIZAN ARISTIDE yo t ap fè l pou destabilize gouvènman an. AMY WILENTZ obsève ke l te kwè limenm ke se BREZILYEN yo ki te dèyè kidnaping lan ,paske se yon gwo ENDISTRI lan BREZIL.
Li obsève tou ke MOUN ki t ap rele ""ABA KIDNAPING"" yo ,yon jan pou yo te atake mesye LAVALAS yo ,se yo ki t ap KIDNAPE.
jafrikayiti Super Star
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Dominicans captured Brandt in Hondo Valle DR, transported him to Jimani for return back to Haiti.
"There is a gratuitous Haiti police/government insinuation that they captured Brandt, a nuanced lie. What’s important is that Brandt was recaptured. Does it matter who did it? It should not. Unless it’s more about absolving the Haiti police and higher-ups of complicity in the initial breakout?"
See Ezili Dantò's Haiti Oligarch Clifford Brandt Smuggled Out of Prison
Se enteresan. Sou sit EZILI DANTÒ an',li gen yon diskisyon ke l te patisipe ak STANLEY LUCAS sou RT. Manmzèl akize LUCAS de patisipasyon l lan KOUDETA 2004 lan ;men l di ke LUCAS se te jis yon SOUSOU,yon ti pyon ,yon senèryen. RT se RUSSIAN TELEVISION ke w ka pran sou KAB OZETAZINI.
Mwen t ap tande MAUDE sou EMISYON L ki rele CHACHE KONNEN sou RADYO PANOU ki t ap demonte PRÈS GNBIS lan pyès pa pyès sou bagay ARISTIDE lan. Se yon PRÈS konsa ke GNBis yo paka kite ekziste ann AYITI
jafrikayiti Super Star
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The Jamaican link in Haitian prison break by Myrtha Désulmé, Guest Columnist, The Gleaner, Published: Sunday | August 24, 2014 http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140824/focus/focus91.html#.U_6crijPY_I.facebook
On Monday, August 11, Jamaicans awoke to a wave of panic, stemming from the news that the Haitian National Police were seeking international help following a prison break that freed a prominent businessman and allowed hundreds of other inmates to escape.
It was reported that a commando of 10 to 15 heavily armed men had pulled off a spectacular jailbreak at the Croix-des-Bouquets maximum-security prison, freeing 329 inmates, and wounding two guards. The police declared that the raid was an inside job, and launched an investigation.
Out of the 329 escapees, however, the Haitian government decided to first focus on the search for one fugitive by the name of Clifford Brandt Jr, as it was widely believed that the freeing of Brandt was the reason for the incursion. The government offered one million Haitian gourdes for his capture.
Who is Clifford Brandt Jr, who could have triggered such a brazen assault, and whom the Haitian government was so anxious to apprehend?
The amazing story of O.J. Brandt
It would be impossible to study the history of Haiti from 1920 to 1976 without discussing the power and wealth of Clifford Brandt's great-grandfather, Oswald John Brandt, whose influence on the Haitian economy, and successive governments, is legendary.
Throughout Haiti's turbulent history, powerful political exiles have sought refuge in neighbouring Jamaica. O.J. Brandt was born in Jamaica in 1890. He found himself gravitating towards those exiles, and assisting them in many ways while they were in Jamaica. In 1910, he fell in love with a young Haitian woman by the name of Therese Barthe, who came to visit her father, also exiled in Jamaica. The two married, and when Therese returned home shortly afterwards, O.J. followed his heart, and migrated to Haiti. He was only 20 years old.
In Haiti, Brandt became the toast of the town. His wife's uncle was a powerful army colonel, and all of the exiles he had befriended in Jamaica had returned home to take up prominent positions. Among them, Septimus Marius, who was appointed minister of finance, and established the National Bank of Haiti. Fondly remembering services rendered by Brandt in Jamaica, Marius gave him a job at the bank.
In 1919, the Royal Bank of Canada opened a branch in Haiti. Brandt made a transfer to the Royal Bank. Rapidly rising through the ranks, he was named managing director in 1925. In 1928, Brandt left the bank to go into business for himself.
From 1915 to 1934, Haiti was under US occupation, and opening up to foreign capital. Brandt was well-placed to take advantage of myriad opportunities. When Haiti entered the Second World War on the side of the Allies, the possessions of German families, who were some of the richest in Haiti, were nationalised, and sold at fire-sale prices. Despite his own German origins, Brandt received the lion's share of the House of Reinbold, the biggest conglomerate in Haiti, acquiring cotton, soap, textiles, and cooking oil factories.
He dominated the import-export sector, bringing in pharmaceutical products, European cars, equipment, and luxury items, and exporting agricultural products, coffee, and cacao. He was also in the insurance business, and fully immersed in the black market. He established his empire and completed his meteoric rise to the pinnacle of Haitian society, becoming a powerbroker and kingmaker, putting governments in power, and toppling same, controlling, bribing, corrupting, sponsoring, subsidising, and financing his way to absolute power, until his death in 1976.
The Brandt family maintained its ascendancy after the passing of its patriarch. In 1973, O.J.'s son, Clifford Brandt, the grandfather of Clifford Brandt Jr, founded the first private bank of Haiti. Clifford Brandt Jr went into the family's car-import business, establishing the Mazda dealership. He was an adviser to President Martelly, and the head of the president's security team was also in charge of security for the Brandt family.
In 2004, after the kidnapping of President Aristide by US Special Forces, and his subsequent exile to South Africa, a deadly wave of kidnappings was unleashed on Haitian society, reaching its peak in 2006. The first suspects were outraged Aristide supporters, inner-city gangs, and deportees. But despite several raids by police and UN forces on inner-city slums, resulting in many arrests and extrajudicial killings, the kidnapping scourge persisted.
On October 16, 2012, the two children of one of Clifford Brandt's business rivals, Robert Moscoso, were abducted by armed men wearing police uniforms. A US$2.5-million ransom was demanded from Moscoso, the chairman and CEO of Sogebank, one of Haiti's biggest banks.
One week later, Brandt was arrested, along with 14 other accused members of his criminal syndicate, sending shock waves, and shaking the very foundations of Haitian society. Brandt, in handcuffs, brought police to the empty house where the bound victims were rescued. He was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment for ransom, assassination attempt, smuggling of firearms, fraud, forgery, usurpation of title, criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of weapons of war, illicit enrichment, money laundering, and issuing death threats.
The Brandt kidnapping ring and murder cartel was revealed by local and international investigators to be one of the most sophisticated and powerful criminal syndicates in the Caribbean. During questioning, Brandt allegedly confessed that he was only number 5 within the leadership hierarchy of his organisation, implicating the eldest son of the president, members of the Haitian elite, members of the president's private security, and police brass.
The arrest of one of the richest men in Haiti, bent on destabilising Haitian society, and the implication of his peers, has launched an extensive debate on the function and role of the Haitian elite within the society, reviving age-old, thorny issues of greed, corruption, treachery, and the disconnect and alienation of that class from the rest of Haitian society.
Two days after his escape, Brandt and two other fugitives were apprehended by Dominican soldiers, as they tried to enter the Dominican Republic. Twenty more escapees have since been recovered. Brandt is still in pretrial detention.
Myrtha Désulmé is the president of the Haiti-Jamaica Society, and the Haitian Diaspora Federation's vice-president for Advocacy and Public Policy Caribbean & Latin America. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.