On April 11, near the capital, Port-au-Prince, seven Catholic clergy were kidnapped along with three others. The two Frenchmen who belonged to the group-a sister and a priest-did not belong to the released.
This is not the satisfactory result that Haiti hopes to achieve, but “Three of the seven religions kidnapped on April 11 were released.”The spokesperson of the Conference of Bishops of Caribbean States, Fr Ludger Maciler, who was affected by the serious insecurity, told AFP on Thursday, April 22.
“The French were not released. There were no outsiders among those released.” He said that on April 11, a total of 10 people were kidnapped in Croix-des-Bouquets near the capital, Port-au-Prince, including 7 religious believers, 5 Haitians and 2 French.
The group includes four Haitian pastors and a nun, as well as two Frenchmen from western France: 80-year-old Agnès Bordeau (sister from Mayenne and member of Pommeraye Providence Church) and 67-year-old Father Michel Briand ( From western France). Ille-et-Vilaine, who has lived in Haiti for more than 30 years.
Three people were also kidnapped. They were not members of the family of a Haitian priest among the kidnappers. After the organization’s kidnapping incident, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of one million U.S. dollars (841,000 euros). It is not clear whether any money was paid for the release of these three people, but the church does not include the payment of the ransom demanded for the wicked- “Life cannot be bought like a commodity”, Father Gilbert Petro, secretary-general of the Haitian Council of Religions, insisted.
The kidnappers agreed to release one of the hostages on April 14 because her family managed to raise $50,000 (41,000 euros).The police suspect an armed group active in the area, known as 400 mavozoAccording to a source in his ranks, it was the source of this kidnapping.
This incident shocked public opinion on the borders of the island and caused a deep political crisis in the country. In recent months, kidnappings for ransom in Port-au-Prince and various provinces have surged, which proves that armed groups are on Haitian territory.
Therefore, a few days after the kidnapping strike, the Catholic Church launched a strike condemning the inaction of the public authorities and the government. “Kidnapping Dictatorship” According to Mr. Launney Saturné, President of the Haitian Bishops Conference.
The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, announced to him the resignation of the government and the appointment of a new prime minister on April 14 to resolve serious insecurity issues.
In Paris, yes “Kidnapping and forced detention in organized groups”. It was entrusted to the Central Office for Combating Organized Crime.