SENATOR EVALIERE BEAUPLAN: AN ALLEGED CRIMINAL AT THE HELM OF THE HAITIAN SENATE Foreign Relation and Ethics Commission:

SENATOR EVALIERE BEAUPLAN: AN ALLEGED CRIMINAL AT THE HELM OF THE HAITIAN SENATE Foreign Relation and Ethics Commission:

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI –  Haitian Senator Evaliere Beauplan represents the epitome of everything that is wrong with Haiti generally and within the Haitian government apparatus specifically. Haiti’s lack of men of honest mind and virtuous disposition explains too clearly why a person like Evaliere Beauplan can ascend to the coveted position of the president of the Haitian SenateForeign Relation and Ethics Commission . Beauplan is a man of established questionable character and proven criminality who continues to not only thrive politically but who has ascended to the presidency of the Haitian senate, a coveted position that should be reserved for men of unquestionable ethics.

 

Mr. Beauplan like many before him has a long history of suspected criminal and unethical behavior.   His track record should have disqualified him outright for even the position of dog catcher. But in Haiti, where accountability, ethics, and proper behavior within the public discourse is anathema. The United States embassy in Port-au-Prince deemed Beauplan to be one of the most corrupt public officials in Haiti. But, in a country where politicians feel entitled to breach the public trust with little repercussions; it is hardly surprising that Evaliere Beauplan,  is now in a position to speak for the entire Haitian Senate.  Honest senators should be ashamed of themselves, enraged that their institution is being sullied and mocked by a known criminal.

 

Elected in 2015 from the Lavalas party, representing  Nord’Ouest, the northwest part of Haiti, Beauplan has quickly made a name for himself with drug dealers, money launderers, and other criminal elements. Over the years, he has used his position on the senate foreign relations committee to ensure control of many of several of the Haitian consulates abroad (Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and New York). He appointed family members such as his wife (wholly unqualified) to the position of Consul in the Consulate Office in Orlando; his sister to the position of Vice Consul in the same office; his friends, and even one of his drivers was appointed an agent of the Haitian consulate.

 

Most country’s foreign service is staffed by career diplomats and civil servants with years of experience benefiting their country. Their experience permits them to represent their country efficiently. Haiti’s foreign service is one of the most disorganized in the world, staffed by unqualified appointees who represent nothing more than their own and their benefactor’s pecuniary interests. Haitian consulates around the world provide an excellent source of income for unscrupulous senators and their minions. As a matter of practice, the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs routinely allowed senators especially those servicing in the foreign relations committee to refer their family members for appointment. This practice fosters nepotism and corruption and must be discontinued. Foreign service civil servants should be political appointees; they should be people who are qualified by experience and other criteria.  Aside from engaging in nepotism, the undignified senator has been involved in several scandals involving drug trafficking and misappropriation of seized drug money.

 

Nord’Ouest is known as one of the Haitian communities in the Northwest where drug trafficking and drug dealers are very prevalent. Many small aircrafts filled with cocaine routinely land in  Nord’Ouest under the protection of local law enforcement including Senator Beauplan. The Haitian national police and other law enforcement officials and Senator Beauplan have been engaged in a cat-and-mouse situation. According to a report from the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, drug money that was seized by the Haitian police ended up in the pocket of Senator Beauplan.

 

The drug money was seized in his district, and Beauplan who claimed to have been out of town at the time the money was seized has an established relationship with the suspected drug dealers and local corrupt police officials. A local prosecutor recently dropped his investigation into drug trafficking and misappropriation of seized drug money complaining that is impossible to do anything because corruption in Nord’Ouest is so ingrained that the Senator and local officials are all mired in criminal misdeeds, and are in bed with drug dealers and money launderers. A Haitian senator earns no more than two thousand US dollar a month, and that kind of money cannot justify the lifestyle of Senator Beauplan living more like a Hollywood mogul than a senator. Mr. Beauplan, reportedly purchased a house in Orlando for over half a million dollar, money skimmed from possible bribes from a Taiwanese investment in Haiti.

 

Beauplan’s ascend to the presidency of the Haitian Senate Foreign Relation and Ethics Commission is a huge step backward. It is not the time to reward criminality, lousy behavior, nepotism and incompetent governance. Beauplan represents the worst of Haiti, and his position at the helm of the Senate is yet another opportunity for him to continue leading the legislative branch of government down the path of further corruption, making a laughing stock of the rest of the Senate.

 

Omega Staff Writers

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DRUG MONEY *********************** * Missing Section 001 * *********************** PORT AU PR 00000103 002.2 OF 003 part in the theft offered USD 10,000 to a local magistrate at the scene, and had set aside USD 20,000 to share with the first Senator of the Northwest Department, Evaliere Beauplan. In late December, Beauplan vigorously denied involvement, claiming he was abroad when the money was seized, and called the report an effort to smear him politically. 5. (C) Pursuant to an investigation into the stolen funds by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ronald Gelin, Administrator of the Port-de-Paix Tribunal, took a unilateral decision to close all court sessions indefinitely. Gelin wrote a letter on December 11 to Minister of Justice Jean Joseph Exume informing him of his decision, claiming that the involvement of so many local law enforcement officials in this egregious case of corruption made the continuation of operations of his court impossible. The Minister summarily fired Gelin for ”insubordination” after ignoring the Minister’s demand that he re-open the court. On January 14, the Minister replaced Port-de-Paix Chief Prosecutor Michenet Balthazar and two of his deputies. Uncle of Alain Desir Shot, Senior HNP Officer Dead ——————————————— —– 6. (C) Two instances of violence have occurred in connection to the case since the government’s investigation began. According to the HNP, on December 27, four assailants shot Desir’s uncle, Marc Frederic, in the stomach. The victim required emergency surgery but was released from the hospital January 26 and immediately transferred to prison in Port-de-Paix on orders of the prosecutor there. On January 11, Phillipe Jean Raymond, the second-highest ranking HNP police official in Port-de-Paix (along with six other suspects from the police and prosecutors office), was arrested and transported to Port-au-Prince for questioning at Judicial Police Office (DCPJ) of the HNP. Visibly ill and complaining of severe stomach pain, he was taken to the hospital where he died later that night. 7. (C) Rumors began swirling in Port-au-Prince the week of January 12 that Raymond had been poisoned. Chief Prosecutor Joseph Manes Louis told the press January 14 that the autopsy of Raymond was complete, but he refused to reveal the result. He did say that a ”foreign substance” had been discovered in the corpse, and that he had ordered a toxicological examination. In an attempt to dampen the controversy set off by the officer’s death in police custody, Secretary of State for Public Security Eucher Luc Joseph called for calm and reiterated in a public statement January 13 that the police and judicial authorities ”must show prudence” in their investigation of the sensitive drug-related case. DCPJ Director Franz Thermilus tried to dispel speculation by telling the press January 15 that as an HNP officer Raymond had been treated with all due consideration. A Cuban doctor had accompanied him on the trip from Port-de-Paix to the capital. The autopsy had revealed no signs of violence to the body. HNP Director General Mario Andresol told DEA country attache privately January 12 that it appeared Raymond died from (self-induced) poisoning by ingestion of battery acid. A senior MINUSTAH contact present at the autopsy confirmed to NAS Director January 13 that the victim died from a burst ulcer of the esophagus. The investigation into the cause of his death is continuing. 8. (C) The Minister of Justice put forward a request in mid-January, to facilitate a special investigative team to interview Alain Desir in U.S. custody; however, Desir’s attorney adamantly denied the request, defending Desir’s right under Haitian and U.S. law to remain silent. DEA is working to determine if a separate GOH investigative team could travel to Florida to meet with DEA investigators to determine if there is additional information to share. Not wanting to be left out of the act, Chamber of Deputies President Levaillant Louis-Jeune stated January 27 that the bicameral parliamentary commission investigating the scandal PORT AU PR 00000103 003.2 OF 003 would also like to interview Desir in the U.S. 9. (C) Comment: The case, now referred to in the press as the ”Narco-dollar Scandal” has generated intense public interest and rumor mongering. While DEA believes that the USD 1.7 million turned in by Port-de-Paix officials is only a portion of the cash they found, media claim that local officials stole as much as USD 32 million. The facts as we know suggest that hundreds of thousands–not millions of dollars were stolen. Rumors persist that Deputy Commissioner Raymond was poisoned. A Parliamentary commission is drafting an investigative report that it promises to release shortly. The scandal has dealt another blow to public confidence in law enforcement and the judicial system, with at least 18 suspects in detention thus far, including 11 HNP officers and seven judicial officials. This case shows Haitian law enforcement at its most corrupt. On the other hand, central HNP and Ministry of Justice authorities appear to be investigating the case seriously. The incident shows the challenges the USG faces in working with Haitian police and judicial officials in fighting drug crime, and in building up the capacity of those same institutions. SANDERSON
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