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Trial of Clifford Brandt Postponed

Clifford Brandt Jr, before his arrest, was a prominent businessman, an oligarch, and a member of a wealthy Haitian family. He was arrested on October 22, 2012 after confessing the charges of kidnapping two young persons of another elite Haitian family, Moscoso-- the son and daughter of Sogebank chief Robert Moscoso, Coralie (23) and Nicolas Moscoso (24). Later the abductees were found alive by the Haitian police in an abandoned bathroom at a house that Clifford Brand Jr took them following the capture. Clifford Brandt Jr is the son of Clifford Brandt and the grandson of Oswald Brandt. The fathers of Robert Moscoso and Clifford Jr, were originally partners in the creation of a Haitian bank, but later Moscoso and Brandt families became rivals in business. Brandt Jr was a close associate of former President Martelly. On October 16, 2012, the Moscoso children were abducted by armed men wearing police uniforms and a $2. 5-million ransom was demanded from Moscoso.

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