Clifford Brandt Arrest Uncovers Network Abduction Operation

The Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) arrested Clifford Brandt, a businessman and entrepreneur, accused of kidnapping two youths, Coralie and Nicolas Moscoso. They were abducted on Bourdon Road. The kidnapping laid bare a network of abductors, who have been targeting victims for abduction for many years.


The arrest occurred on October 16, 2012 by the Cell Against Kidnapping and Criminal Brigade of the Haitian National Police (HNP). Five other suspects connected to the abduction were also taken into custody.

The abduction network has spread to the HNP. Senior command police officers and inspectors, past and present, have been implicated in abduction plots across Haiti. In particular, Inspector Edner Comé is being actively pursued, considered armed and dangerous.

Brandt cooperated fully with the DCPJ when they arrested him at Mazda Motors. He took the HNP to Pernier, Haiti, where they found Coralie and Nicolas. They were returned home to their parents immediately. Secretary of State for Public Security, Réginald Delva, told the news media that documents of evidentiary value were found in Pernier, which will help locate the source of the abduction network.

Brandt's attorney, Me Calixte Delatour, has downplayed the seriousness of Brandt's crime, saying he did not demand a ransom for the return of the two Moscoso youths. His lesser crime, according to Delatour, was to wreak revenge on another entrepreneur businessman.

Spokesperson Frantz Lerebours of the HNP assured the Haiti news media that as the investigation moved forward he would give updates on the case.

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