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Former Haitian Strongman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Department of Law 120 Broadway New York, NY 10271 Department of Law The State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 � For More Information: 212-416-8060 For Immediate Release February 08, 2007 � FORMER HAITIAN STRONGMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME Emmanuel Constant, a participant in mortgage fraud scheme, had previously run a Haitian paramilitary organization in 1990s linked to torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) � Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Emmanuel Constant, 49, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in Kings County Supreme Court for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16, 2007. This is the latest result of a continuing investigation by the Attorney General�s Organized Crime Task Force (�OCTF�) into mortgage fraud conspiracies that have distorted residential […]

Civilians Caught in Crossfire During Port-au-Prince Raids

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington February  2, 2007 The head of the UN mission to Haiti has publicly acknowledged international peacekeepers carrying out anti-kidnapping raids into the poorest parts of the city have to do more to avoid civilian casualties. His comments come after a series of raids in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in which witnesses said a number of innocent bystanders were either killed or wounded by peacekeepers. “We have to improve, we have to be all the time learning from this,” said Ambassador Edmond Mulet, head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah). “We have learned lessons every time we have [had] these actions.” Mr Mulet made his comments to The Independent following a presentation in Washington in which the envoy outlined some of the multitude of problems facing Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere […]

UN Occupation of Haiti Intensifies

  By G. Dunkel Feb 2, 2007 Ever since the coup-kidnapping of the popular president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Feb. 29, 2004, this Caribbean country has been occupied. First it was troops from the United States, France and Canada. Then a U.N.-sanctioned and commanded force, mainly from Latin America and called Minustah, took over and provided a cover for this imperialist intervention. Minustah stands for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, but its intervention has meant “death, terror and lawlessness for the people of Haiti,” as a statement from Fanmi Lavalas, Aristide’s political party, puts it. Even the U.S. State Department, in documents recently obtained by the Haiti Information Project (HIP) about a U.N. raid in Cit� Soleil in July 2005, admits that the U.N. troops used “excessive force,” which is like a butcher calling a slaughterhouse worker bloody. […]

Accusations of UN cover-up in Haiti

By Haiti Information Project Feb 2 , 2007 HIP – UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Edmond Mulet, held a roundtable discussion at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington this past Wednesday. The CSIS event capped off what amounted to a whirlwind week long propaganda tour by Mulet where he has sought to mitigate reports of UN forces killing unarmed civilians in recent raids against gangs in the Port-au-Prince shanty town of Cite Soleil. In response to questions about the huge amount of firepower used by UN forces in recent raids and the growing number of accounts of unarmed civilians felled by UN bullets, Mulet made an extraordinary claim. He stated, “[This past Jan. 24]…we were under attack for over an hour and they [gangs in Cite Soleil] shot more than 20,000 rounds at us – 20,000 […]

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti (UN)

From the United Nations General Assembly Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 Entitled “Human Rights Council” By the Independent Expert Louis Joinet 07-Report-of-UN-Indep.-Expert

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN Photos: �2006 Haiti Information Project HIP – Port au Prince, Haiti � In the early morning hours of July 6, 2005 more than 350 UN troops stormed the seaside shantytown of Cite Soleil in a military operation with the stated purpose of halting violence in Haiti. When the shooting stopped seven hours later, more than 26 people, the majority of them unarmed civilians lie dead with scores more wounded. Officially, the UN responded that they only opened fire after being fired upon and discounted non-combatant casualties. Further, the UN claimed that only six people, who they described as “bandits,” had been killed during the military operation. According to documents provided to HIP by a researcher who obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the U.S. Embassy and various intelligence […]

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