Authorities said that more than 400 prisoners in Haiti escaped and 25 people died. This is the largest and deadliest prison in the country in a decade. Among the victims were a warden and a powerful gang leader.
It is believed that Thursday’s raid at the Croix-des-Bouquets prison on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince was an attempt to release gang leader Arnel Joseph, who has been Haiti’s most wanted fugitive until He was arrested, kidnapped and murdered in 201
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told the police that Joseph was still wearing a chain on his ankle. The day after he escaped, he was in the town of L’Estere on Friday. Ride a motorcycle in the Artibonite area. Associated Press. He said that Joseph pulled out his gun and exchanged fire with the police.
Joseph ruled the Village de Dieu or other villages in a shanty town in Port-au-Prince, including some communities in Artibonite, the largest department in Haiti.
The authorities have not provided detailed information about the breakout, except that 60 prisoners have been re-captured and the investigation is still ongoing. Secretary of State Frantz Exantus said that the authorities have set up multiple committees to investigate who organized the breakout and why. Among the victims was the warden, known as Paul Joseph Hector.
Residents who refused to disclose their identities refused to disclose their identities because they were worried about their lives. They said they saw gunmen shooting at prison guards on Thursday, and then the prisoners escaped from Croix-des-Bouquets prison.
The prison is famous for its breakout in 2014, and more than 300 of the 899 prisoners escaped. Some believe that the attack was to release Clifford Brandt, the son of a prominent businessman, who has been in jail for allegedly kidnapping the adult children of rival businessman since 2012. Two days later, Brandt was arrested near the border of the Dominican Republic.
After the 2014 breakout incident, officials said they were taking measures to strengthen prison security, including installing security cameras and installing ankle monitors on the most dangerous prisoners. It is not clear whether any of these measures have been taken. At the time of Thursday’s breakout, the prison held 1,542 prisoners, almost twice its capacity.
Haiti is the largest prison breakout in recent history. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, more than 4,200 prisoners escaped from Port-au-Prince’s notorious national prison.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise said on Twitter on Friday that he condemned the recent escape and asked people to remain calm. He added that “the Haitian National Police was instructed to take “all measures” to bring the situation under control.
At the same time, Helen Lem, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti, said in her speech that she was deeply concerned about the mutiny and escape.
She said: “I encourage the police to expedite their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident, redouble their efforts to re-arrest fugitives, and strengthen the security of prisons across the country,” she said.
“The escape has further highlighted the problem of prolonged preventive detention and overcrowded prisons. This is still a concern that the Haitian authorities must urgently address.”