Senior U.N. Official Cheering an Investigation over Misuse of PetroCaribe Funds
Recently, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) issued a press release welcoming "the assignment of investigating judge (Paul Pierre) to pursue the PetroCaribe court cases filed by about 20 private citizens." It also stated that Haiti is ranked near the bottom of Transparency International's corruption report. Earlier in November 2017, a Senate commission released a 650-page report on PetroCaribe-related corruption. The report suggested involvement of top officials from previous administrations in inflating government contracts, funneling money to non-existent companies, no-bid contracts for projects that were never finished, and a host of other financial crimes. Even current president Jovenel Moïse was named, allegedly overbilling the government on a $100,000 contract to install solar lamps back in 2013 when he was a relatively unknown businessman.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who is from the same political party as Martelly, has faced criticism for not pursuing corruption as actively as he had vowed to.
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