Nothing in Haiti is ever as it first appears. That would be too simple for this convoluted society. There is always a mountain behind a mountain. Sometimes two, or three.
The first reports – totally wrong – saw three black Land Cruisers zooming off with Clifford Brandt – to be seen in the border area near Malpasse.
In fact, it was exactly as we have been describing the incident.
Aristide and his activists met at Tabarre and planned Croix des Bouquets prison break as an event to embarrass the Martelly/Lamothe government, while gaining the release of many key drug dealers and gang leaders from the Lavalas groups.
Clifford Brandt was not a part of this project and just happened to walk away as the 339 prisoners escaped. He found himself outside of the PNH prison facility with nothing other than a personal cell phone and no cash.
Brandt used the phone to seek help.
Since it was a known number the authorities were immediately on watch for any calls, to or from that number.
He was apprehended. Brandt was found near the Haitian border town of Cornillon/Grand Bois, crossing the frontier into the Dominican Republic. He was with 2 other prisoners.
The Haitian media, and political leaders, should be ashamed of themselves for their frenzied attacks on our government, as the attackers believed the bullshit pumped out by Aristide’s team.
Aristide remains a brilliant operative.
The media and political leaders compete wildly, with each other, for the title of Haiti’s Stupidest Person.
It is a tie – with many getting equal points.
Aristide won the battle and gained the freedom of such criminals as Ti Sonny, a guy involved in the Dominique murder and – some say – a key bridge between Aristide and the Columbian Medellin Cartel.
Now, Aristide will have his “day in court” or the first of many. Justice will start its formal pursuit of the criminal Aristide tomorrow.
The Miami Herald has an article, focused upon Brandt as the key to the escape.
He was captured, with 2 other prisoners, wandering in a remote area of the Dominican/Haitian border.
If Brandt was part of a well-planned escape, he would have been whisked away, in a vehicle, and hidden in a house – probably in Petion-Ville, where he could have stayed for months without being caught.
In fact, he was just a person who took advantage of a situation and walked away, as Aristide’s people escaped.
Will be interesting to hear what the other two prisoners – caught with Brandy – have to say.
The government handling of this situation has been disastrous. Justice Minister Sanon is a disgrace.