Martelly Government Misplaced $3.4 Million from Uruguay

The government of Haiti (GOH) is in hot water over allegations it has misappropriated a $3.4 million paid by Uruguay.


Five soldiers from the Uruguayan unit were charged in the sexual assault of a young Haitian soldier, Johnny Jean.

The GOH did not deposit the check into the Treasury, and hasn't been able to offer an explanation of where the money went. But Minister Pierre Richard Casimir of Foreign Affairs claims he received the money and transferred $1.8 million of it to the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation for the Jalousie project. But Minister of Justice and aide to Prime Minister Lamothe, Brunache, disagrees, and says the funds for the Jalousie project came from the Petrocaribe loan.

The Senate interrogated Brunache and Casimir, coming away dissatisfied with their answers. In an attempt to get to the bottom of the matter, a Senate delegation has flown to Uruguay, alerting their Parliament of the impending visit. In any case, the Jean family, who filed a lawsuit for damages, was not aware of the payment.

In the meantime, what about the remaining $1.6 million, which hasn't been mentioned? Has Minister Pierre Richard Casimir developed amnesia over where that sum went? One thing is sure; the Jean family won't see a dime of it.

The GOH has egg on its face and remains a disorganized and disoriented political institution.

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