Official: A gang kills, burns the former Haitian senator, his nephew


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near the Haitian capital and his body was set on fire along with his nephew, government commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday. .

The bodies of Yvon Buissereth and his unidentified nephew were found on Saturday afternoon in the town of Laboule. It is near Pelerin, where President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his private home in July last year.

Buissereth, director of Haiti’s Public Society for the Promotion of Social Housing, and his nephew were traveling in a government-issued vehicle and were found inside the charred car, Lafontant said. He said a gang trying to control the area is likely to blame.

“It was a terrible incident,” he said.

The Ti Makak gang, which means “Little Macaques”, is fighting with the Toto gang for control of this area. Gangs in the capital of Port-au-Prince and beyond have grown more powerful and have waged violent turf wars since the assassination of Moïse.

Buissereth and his nephew were killed while driving on a road that an increasing number of Haitians use to avoid the Martissant region, which connects Port-au-Prince to the southern region of Haiti and is controlled by warring gangs that have killed or injured dozens of civilians in this area.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry condemned Buissereth’s murder as a “barbaric act” committed by armed gangs in Laboule.

“His killers, as well as all other criminals who sow mourning in the country, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and will be held accountable for their ignominious acts before the courts,” he wrote in a message published on Sunday. on social networks.

ABC News

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