Sunday morning, on the occasion of the “National Day of Detainees,” the Working Group for the Stabilization and Reconstruction (START/START) of the Embassy of Canada in Haiti, in close collaboration with the National Police of Haiti (PNH) and the Directorate of Prison Administration (DAP), proceeded to the inauguration of the civil prison of Croix-des-Bouquets, in the presence among others of President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, the Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Henri-Paul Normandin and many representatives of organizations.
As part of this inauguration, the Prime Minister delivered a speech of circumstances.
Speech of the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe :
Mr. Minister of Justice and Public Security
Excellency the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Haiti,
Excellency the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen the Ambassadors,
Members of the Superior Council of the National Police,
The Secretary of State for Public Security,
Mr. Deputy of the Croix-des-Bouquets,
Mayor de la Croix-des-Bouquets,
Mr. Director General of the National Police of Haiti
Members of the High Command of the National Police of Haiti
Madam the Director of Prison Administration,
Ladies and gentlemen of the Canadian Agency for International Development
Distinguished representatives of the organization defending human Human Rights,
Distinguished representatives of the press,
Ladies and Gentlemen, officers and employees of the Penitentiary Administration,
Population of the Croix-des-Bouquets,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is for me a great pleasure and an honor to take part in the inauguration of the Civil Prison of Croix-des-Bouquets, whose construction was funded by the Government and the people of Canada through the Working Group for stabilization and Reconstruction.
I recall here and from the beginning that this funding includes in addition to the physical construction of the building, an investment in equipment estimated 5.7 million Canadian dollars, the put into operation of this detention center is another step in the right direction because it comes as institutional capacity building of the Haitian correctional system and of the security environment in general.
In my policy statement I had promised to the people of Haiti and the parliament to work for that reigns in Haiti under the administration under the administration of Martelly-Lamothe the solidification of a genuine rule of law. For my Government, this work of building a rule of law to which we aspire is a daily concern and a page to which we will not fail.
This inauguration is also a palpable sign of friendship and solidarity of the people of Canada to Haiti. The construction of this prison in Croix-des-Bouquets is a symbol of the Haitian-Canadian cooperation is an initiative that will strengthen the Democracy and secure lives and goods in Haiti.
We rejoice to be able to rely on the support of Canada as part of the modernization of our prison system, an essential part in the development of a strong justice serving the citizen and the law.
So I would like on behalf of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Michel Martelly and on behalf of the Superior Council of the National Police of Haiti whose I am the President, thank the Canadian authorities and especially Henri Paul Normandin, Ambassador of Canada in Haiti for his commitment to work for the strengthening af cooperation ties between Canada and Haiti, congratulations.
Built within the perimeter the police station of Croix-des-Bouquets by IOM, this detention center can accommodate up to 768 prisoners, the building comprises four blocks carceral, a cafeteria, an infirmary for inmates, parlors for visits and a multi-functional room for training, worship and other activities.
The prison of the Croix-des-Bouquets will be essentially a prison for sentenced, with priority areas for the jurisdiction of the Croix-des-Bouquets. Another benefit of this initiative, this new space of detention, will reduce the high pressure, that exists today on the civil prison, the national penitentiary, while improving the conditions of detention of the prison population.
Indeed, the general conditions of detention in the new prison will be excellent. This project is the result of an exemplary cooperation and effective between the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the PNH and the correctional unit of the Minsutah. It should be noted that this initiative and this provision will improve the functioning of the Penitentiary Administration as a whole.
I therefore thank all those who came here today, I also thank the Canada that made possible this achievement and I end with these words from the heart :
Vive the Haitian-Canadian friendship,
Vive the National Polcie of Haiti
Vive Haiti chérie.
Clifford Brandt will be transferred to this new facility as a move to give him some sort of security. Getting to him will require passing several check-points and surveillance cameras.
Perhaps he will now last long enough to see the truth about the kidnap fiasco revealed such as the fact that the kidnap house is tied to the late Monique Pierre, her boyfriend ex-Gonaives PNH chief Dorfuille… who was with Rene Preval for 3 hours the night of Monique’s assassination.
The game hasn’t even started as Secretary of State for Security Delva faces firing as President Martelly is upset about his mishandling of the event.