Male Inmates Accused of Raping Women Held in Same Haiti Jail

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Authorities in Haiti stated late Friday they’re investigating allegations {that a} group of male inmates raped 10 ladies in a makeshift jail in the northern metropolis of Gonaives.

Prosecutor Serard Gazius instructed The Related Press that greater than 50 males broke out of their cells final week and overpowered law enforcement officials guarding the inmates, including that an unknown quantity of them are suspected of raping 10 of 12 ladies being held in the identical facility however in separate cells.

He stated the female and male inmates had been being held in a former United Nations facility as a result of the unique jail was destroyed years in the past and a brand new one hasnt been constructed. Gazius stated the ladies had been scared and have but to establish the suspects, including that they’ve obtained medical care.

Gazius stated the ladies had been being held on fees starting from robberies to tried homicide. None of them have been convicted.

Jean Castro Previl, head of the Artibonite police division, declined to remark and referred all inquiries to Gazius.

All 340 detainees have been transferred to different amenities as authorities proceed the investigation, with Gazius including that violent protests that started greater than two months in the past looking for the presidents resignation are making it troublesome to prosecute suspects as a result of some courts have been shuttered, together with many faculties and companies.

A human rights group referred to as the Defenders Plus Collective denounced the alleged rapes and referred to as on the federal government to prosecute the suspects and do extra to guard ladies and women throughout Haiti as violence and political turmoil worsen.

With the chaotic scenario that Haitis inhabitants is dealing with, armed gangs have taken benefit and multiplied and acted with impunity and tranquility below the passive gaze of state authorities, the group stated in a press release.


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