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Leader of major Haitian gang extradited to US on weapons, kidnapping charges



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The chief of one of Haiti’s strongest gangs, 400 Mawozo, was extradited to america on Tuesday, Haitian authorities mentioned, with gang violence in Port-au-Prince having not too long ago exploded into all-out warfare.

Germine Joly, who additionally goes by “Yonyon,” was transported by the FBI to Washington, which had issued a global warrant for his arrest on the finish of April.

Joly, who has already been incarcerated for a number of years in Port-au-Prince, has been charged within the United States with importing weapons in addition to kidnapping and ransom of US residents, a press launch from Haiti’s Nationwide Police mentioned.

The 400 Mawozo gang, which Joly had continued to lead from his cell, kidnapped a group of 17 North American missionaries and their kin final fall, together with 5 youngsters.

A Dominican diplomat has in the meantime been kidnapped by the group and held for a $500,000 ransom since Friday, in accordance to media from his nation, which is the japanese neighbor of Haiti.

The gang has for a number of years now managed a extremely strategic space which incorporates the one highway to the nation’s north as well as to the one land route between the Haitian capital and the Dominican Republic.

For 10 days, clashes between 400 Mawozo and one other gang have utterly paralyzed a northern suburb of Port-au-Prince.

A whole lot of households had been pressured to flee the realm and not less than 20 civilians had been killed, in accordance to a partial evaluation of the violence carried out by Haiti’s civil safety.

Haitian authorities already misplaced entry to the one highway connecting Port-au-Prince to the southern half of the nation, with two kilometers (1.2 miles) of the route utterly underneath the management of armed gangs since June 2021.

(AFP)

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