In news that shook the foundation of Haitian society, Ti Clifford Brandt, son of Clifford Brandt and grandson of Oswald Brandt has been arrested for involvement in the recent kidnapping of the son and daughter of SOGEBANK chief Robert Muscoso.
This entire situation has been an unusual one in that HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG was the only organization that exposed the original crime. Even embassy sources were in the dark as were many security elements.
Muscoso’s father and Ti Clifford’s father were originally partners in the creation of a Haitian bank. Then Muscoso Sr. moved on to SOGEBANK when Haitian businessmen bought control of the bank entity from foreign owners.
It remains to be seen what was the motivation behind this crime, and the possible involvement of others.
Behind a mountain, another mountain. One must look at the possible motivation for the Brandt-Moscoso situation. Think back to the Preval presidency when there was a bid involving a number of busses.
The Brandt’s had the low bid and were pressured to withdraw because someone else was supposed to get the deal. The Brandt’s refused and Preval arrested Fritz Brandt, Ti Clifford’s father, and Ti Clifford’s brother Fritz. They were held in a room with no bathroom facilities and had to poo in plastic bags, in an attempt to humiliate them.
They were arrested for a phony claim that they had played games with Customs on the importation of a truck.
At the time, Moscoso had a winning bid on the bus purchase and it was suggested he withdraw, as a sign of unity, with the Brandt’s. Moscoso refused.
After a lot of grief, and the American embassy’s intervention, the Brandt’s were eventually released.
It should also be remembered that Preval was about to arrest Gerard Boulos, but the American embassy blocked this move during the period of the idiot Claudy Gassant who was intimidating Haiti’s business community with arrests, threats of arrest, and shake-downs.
This present situation could well be a result of the earlier events.
FLASH! FLASH! 12:16 October 23, 2012 radio reports Ti Clifford Brandt has admitted to kidnapping Robert Muscoso’s children and will name others, “in the bank” who were involved. This makes it sound as though others, in a bank – SOGEBANK – UNIBANK? Were involved in the crime. He had originally claimed that “he was at the beach and had his phone stolen…” This leads us to believe that he was stupid enough to have his own phone used and modern technology traced him. With one gadget, a person can tell within 2 yards where a phone is, what other phones are close by and download all text messages.
Brandt, who heads a large automobile dealership, would not seem to be the normal suspect. However, it would seem that he has been involved in a kidnap ring for some time, in partnership with a senior police officer and other people in the business community, banking community.
It must be pointed out that Robert Moscoso has been informed – in the past – about the involvement of SOGEBANK/SOGEBEL staff members in the kidnap of account holders, and thefts from account holders’ accounts, but showed little interest in correcting the issues. No one is totally clean in this issue..