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This is what we wrote back in 2005 when there were already many signs that rich people in Haiti were involved in major crimes, including kidnappings….

Millionaire Stanley Handal Arrested on Kidnapping Charges?
http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti-archive-new/msg26407.htmlTo: “Bob Corbett’s Haiti list” <haiti@lists.webster.edu>
Subject: 26081: Saint-Vil (comment) Millionaire Stanley Handal Arrested on Kidnapping Charges? (fwd)
From: Bob Corbett <corbetre@webster.edu>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 12:06:39 -0500 (CDT)

From: Jean Saint-Vil <jafrikayiti@hotmail.com>

News broke two days ago that a key organizer of the kidnapping wave that
caused so many deaths and so much suffering to Haitians in the past year
have been finally caught.


The arrest of Stanley Handal, a multi-millionaire suspected to be a ring
leader of the kidnapping enterprise, seems to corroborate the many
reports which suggested all along that the materminds of the kidnapping
phenomenon are rich and powerful individuals from Haiti’s ruling elite
who have powerful connections in the banking industry and within a
faction of the post-coup government, and who, as identified by the
Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, are the primary owners of firearm stocks
in the country.


Nonetheless, Lavalas political activists or suspected sympathisers of the
deposed constitutional president continue to be scapegoated and marked
for elimination on the pretext that the regime and its
foreign accomplices are « fighting bandits ».

Most disturbing of all, in the last few weeks, news broke that the
Police had distributed machetes and supervised numerous public lynchings
in the poor neighborhoods.

We are receiving frequent on the ground reports of major UN/MINUSTAH
operations in the poor neighborhoods like Cite Soleil. The last such
operation, which was well-documented, resulted in the deaths of several
dozen civilians. Independent journalist and fimmaker Kevin Pina wrote an
emergency appeal about the coming massacre on August 18th, 2005, where he

“If the UN goes ahead with its plan for a second major military incursion
against Cite Soleil, it is guaranteed the number of casualties will far
exceed July 6th and further tarnish and expose the real role of the UN in
guaranteeing the coup of Feb. 28, 2004.”


As early as June of this year, the Police spokeperson who refused to
divulgate the identity of a detainee suspected of involvement in
kidnappings, shamelessly intervening to protect his « good family name »,
was lamenting to reporters how “there are people of good family and high
social level that unfortunately are involved in kidnappings,”

So, why are the poor still the target of such senseless repression?

Any investigative journalist or government or U.N. officials online
willing to comment ?

«Depi nan Ginen bon nèg ap ede nèg!»

(Brotherhood is as ancient as Mother Africa – L’entraide fraternel date
du temps où, tous, nous fûmes encore dans les antrailles de


Is it not ironic, that the Police Spokesperson I referred to in the above note, Jessie Comeau Coicou, has now been named among 79 Police Officers the U.N. considers too corrupt to be in the force….a list that came out, days after another rich man from “good family” got careless enough to be caught kidnapping two other people from a rival “good family”.

Ms. Coicou says she wants to defend her honor and has even mildly threatened legal action against the foreign forces with which she had collaborated ever so obediently in the past.

These days, in Haiti, “Family Affairs” have become such a strange brand of reality tv!

We are thus left, with this fundamental question: Is Coicou a “good family” name? The U.N. doesn’t seem to think so. In fact, Coicou is one of the few West-African surnames to have survived the crimes of white supremacist forces on the island of Ayiti, since 1492. It would certainly be “a good family” name is the Kingdoms of Dahomey and Congo. But, in 2012 U.N.-Occupied neo-colonial Haiti, what does a “good family” name sound like?

Brandt Vs Handal Vs Clinton Vs Martelly Vs Coicou…let the vetting continue!

Faites vos jeux mesdames et messieurs! FAITES VOS JEUX!

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