Haitians Sentenced on Immigration Charge in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Four Haitians involved in the illegal immigration network were arrested in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe during the third week of March 2014. The four Haitians hauled by the official were Widberley Predestin (26), Jean Louis (33), Ismick Premier (35) and Jean Vil (36). They were sentenced by the Criminal Court of Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) with terms varying 3 to 5 years.


The Border Police (PAF or Police de l'Air et des Frontières) has estimated that their network had landed more than 30 immigration landing operation involving 500 to 600 people (mainly Haitians and a few Dominicans) in the past one year. Their investigation suggests that these illegal immigrants have paid between US$ 4000 and US$ 5000 per trip from Hispaniola Island to the Dominican Republic. In addition, they had to pay US$ 200 to US$ 600 as passages between Dominica and South Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe). Thereafter, they used to pay further €50 to €100 before being taken into a house in Petit-Bourg where they could contact their family to bring more money, if needed.

The court has sentenced Jean Vil for a term of 3 years in prison with 18 months suspension (avec sursis). Ismick Premier, Widberley Predestin and Jean Louis were sentenced 5 years in prison each with 18 months suspension. Each of these convicts was fined with an amount between €3000 and € 5000.

We should remember that in last September end, 2 men and 1 woman (she was the head of the network) were arrested and convicted on the same ground after a long investigation initiated by the PAF. The network used to collect US$ 3500 for safe passage to Guadeloupe. Those who could not arrange to pay their charges were reimbursed later by working in slave like conditions.

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