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US sanctions former Haitian Prime Minister for alleged corruption

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2023 | 11:52 AM
Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe. - CMC photo.

WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States on Friday sanctioned former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe for his alleged involvement in “significant corruption.”

“This action renders Lamothe generally ineligible for entry into the United States,” said US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.

“Specifically, Lamothe misappropriated at least US$60 million from the Haitian government's PetroCaribe infrastructure investment and social welfare fund for private gain. 

“Through this corrupt act and his direct involvement in the management of the fund, he exploited his role as a public official and contributed to the current instability in Haiti,” added Blinken, stating that the Biden administration continues to support “the citizens, organisations, and public servants of Haiti who are committed to generating hope and opportunity for a better future in their nation.  

“The United States will continue to promote accountability for those who abuse public power for personal gain,” he continued.

“Today's designation is part of a series of actions that promote accountability for those who foment violence, block life-saving humanitarian support, and enrich themselves at the expense of the Haitian people,” Blinken noted.

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