According to Pierre Espérance, the American justice system has seized the Lasaline massacre dossier

By Wallace Elie, Netalkole, Nov. 15, 2023

Five years later, no progress has been made in litigating the allegations behind the November 13, 2018 attacks in Lasaline. 

Executive Director of the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), has just announced that the American justice system has seized the Lasaline dossier.

Let us specify that in a twenty-page report produced by the UN mission in Haiti [BINUH] and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, state that on November 13 and 14, 2018 at least 26 people were killed in an attack on  Lasaline neighborhood. The attacks lasted more than 14 hours. Local police units did not intervene. "PNH officers could hear the screams of residents," the report stated.

Several former high-ranking officials face allegations of involvement in the attacks, including the former Director General of the Ministry of the Interior, Fednel Monchéry, and the former departmental delegate, Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan. Summoned by the investigating judge Jean Wilner Morin for questioning. Fednel Monchéry, has so far refused to appear, according to Espérance

The UN report corroborated the accusations already made by the RNDDH. According to the RNDDH report, witnesses allegedly saw Richard Duplan say. "You've killed too many people, that wasn't your mission". The UN called for an investigation into these allegations, as they raised the possibility of complicity between the gangs and the state.

On Tuesday November 14, 2023, a few hours after Pierre Espérance's statement on the seizure of the La Saline Massacre file by the American justice system, the gang leader Hervé Bonnet Barthélémy, alias "Bout Janjan", was questioned at the investigating office by Judge Jean Wilner Morin, who is investigating the La Saline massacre case.


Translated and edited for clarity by CHIP editors


Posted Dec. 11, 2023