FORMER HAITIAN SENATOR AND ALLEGED COUNTERFEITER RUDOLPH BOULOS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE SENTENCED TO SIX  MONTHS IN PRISON AND FINED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

FORMER HAITIAN SENATOR RUDOLPH BOULOS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE

SENTENCED TO SIX  MONTHS IN PRISON AND FINED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – The First Instance Court in , Haiti released a decision authored by Judge JEAN WILNER MORIN affirming Rudolphe Boulos’ conviction of criminal negligence. Mr. Boulos is sentenced to six months in prison, and fined 3 million gourdes ($250,000 US dollars) for each victim (about 1,000 victims) which could result in millions of US dollars. The Boulos (Reginald and Rudolphe) are known as Haiti’s most powerful families with friends in high places.

 

This case started nearly 23 years ago, when the Boulos brothers, as owners of the PHARVAL Pharmacy knowingly ordered, received, distributed, and sold tainted syrup consumed by more than a thousand Haitian children. Most of the children were violently sick and over 600 of them have died. The case had been making its way through the Haitian often cumbersome and difficult justice system, where the original judges had been replaced, but finally, the case made it to the Haitian Court  which issued an earth shattering decision by Judge MORIN  holding the Rudolphe Boulos, CEO of Pharval pharmacy criminally liable for “knowingly” through greed, “caused the death of hundreds of Haitian children”.

 

The decision is raising eyebrows among the Haiti’s elite and observers of Haitian politics mainly because as a matter of practice, Haiti rarely, if not ever hold its elite accountable for their actions. Through bribes and other corruption schemes, it is easier to find a sympathetic judge that could be brought, or bribe in exchange for a quick dismissal of a meritorious case as we have seen in Marc.A. Acra with his boat load of Cocaine . This decision send a strong message to the Haitian elite that they are not beyond the reach of justice because no one is above the law.

 

Like many of Haiti’s most powerful and repugnant families, the Boulos (third generation) hailed from what is now Lebanon. The Boulos clan owned Haiti’s largest supermarket chain, the second-largest car dealership, a newspaper (Le matin, closed two years ago), and  Vision 2000, a prominent radio station in Haiti. Under Obama, Reginald Boulos who spoke fluent English, had been a source of counsel to the U.S. embassy in Port-Au-Prince. In 2010, during the donor conference at the United Nations, former US president Bill Clinton, the UN special envoy to Haiti post earthquake invited Reginald Boulos to speak on behalf of Haiti’s private sector.

 

The Boulos, an ostentatiously callous profiteering Bunge of irredeemable souls separated by class and  language from  the people they have victimized through unbridled greed are finally being held accountable. This decision is shocking, because no one expected that anyone with a “Boulos” last name would ever be held accountable by a justice system they seem to have total control of. It was not long ago, that Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise said at a press conference in Paris, France that he was forced to name fifty judges whom he was aware of being corrupt. Apparently, Judge Morin was not one of the corrupt judges. Omegaworldnews salute Judge Morin for handing a small victory to the families who have loss their children and suffered so much over the last two decades. Finally, the victims can rest in peace and the families can finally be compensated for their lost.

 

Judge Morin’s decision is sending shockwaves throughout Petionville, the stronghold of the Haitian elite. According to our sources, Reginald Boulos appealed to President Jovenel Moise to intervene on behalf of his brother. Two witnesses who were in the room with them, who spoke to Omega on condition of anonymity told Omega that president Moise reportedly said to

Reginald Boulos “li ler li tan pou ti pep la jwen jistis”, translated to ” It is time that the Haitian people receive justice.”

AMEN!

Omega Staff Writers


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