PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Mario Andrésol has been replaced as Director General of the National Police of Haiti by Godson Orelius, pending senate approval, the National Palace announced on Wednesday.
Orélus had served as Divisional Commissioner of the National Police and became the Central Director of the Judicial Police in June of 2011.
In January of 2012 Orélus was the subject of an investigation into the arbitrary arrest of Parliamentarian, Deputy Arnel Belizaire (Delmas/Independent). Godson Orélus was the police officer who orchestrated the arrest at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport that got a lot of press.
In the past year corruption within the Haitian National Police had tarnished the institution. Two reports from the United Nations in December implicated officers in beatings and murders of persons detained. In recent months, allegations of police officers participating in criminal activities such as kidnapping in trafficking in the North Department were revealed. In both cases, arrests were not made.