Police say 2011 kidnap-murder suspects of Dominican woman captured

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Police in Haiti say they have captured the perpetrators of the 2011 kidnapping-murder of a well known representative of the Dominican community living in Haiti.

National Police spokesman Garry Desrosiers said that Jean Remy Malick and Souffrant Fanfan, arrested last month in a joint operations with the United Nations Stabilization Mission, also participated in the kidnapping and murder of Dominican woman, Glorida Josefina PĂ©rez Guzman, who was last seen on September 28, 2011 in the Pelerin 5 suburb of Port-au-Prince.

Spokesman Desrosier said during a press conference that another suspect is “actively” sought in connection to the same crime.

The corpse of the Dominican businesswoman, Guzman, who lived in Haiti for more than twenty years, was found on October 7, 2011 with a bullet to the head, in the neighborhood of Bois-Moquette, even after her family paid a $20,000 ransom.

“That group has made more than a dozen kidnappings, most of which ended fatally in murder,” said the Desrosiers of the kidnapping syndicate that Malick and Fanfan were a part of.

Kidnappings in Haiti peaked between 2004 and 2005 after the ouster of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide and steadily declined before gaining new prominence in 2011.

Police in Haiti say kidnappings were less in May 2013 than in May 2012 but a local organization recently revealed that between these time frames of a year, 72 kidnappings, many ending in tragedy occured and just over 1,000 people were recorded as being murdered in various violent events.


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