Haiti's Supreme Court in a ruling made last week, has overruled the verdict of the Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince, which ordered the release of six individuals, all former police officers, who were charged for their involvement in numerous violent crimes, such as kidnappings and murder, under the command of Clifford Brandt; successful businessman and son of one of Haiti's wealthiest families. 

The six policemen including Marc Arthur Phoebe former head of the CAT Team, Jacques Darly Michelais, Oneste Gabelus, Fritz Aristide Berthony Dumezil and Gerald Fontélus will have to appear before the criminal court by the judge's order. Sending the case to the court of first instance.

The National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH) welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court and calls on the judicial authorities to conduct the trial of Clifford Brandt and his accomplices. One of the leaders of RNDDH, Yolene Marie Gilles, argues that the case is ready for trial and the trial may take place before the end of the year.

15 people were arrested by the security forces as part of the investigation. These individuals are accused of kidnapping against ransom, illegal trafficking of firearms, forgery and use of forgery, usurped title, conspiracy, illegal possession of war weapons, illicit enrichment, money laundering, death threats, murders.

Ms. Gilles urges judicial and police authorities to continue investigations to apprehend six other gang members still at large.

Members of Clifford Brandt's gang will appear by the criminal court without jury assistance as provided in the order of the investigating judge The businessman Clifford Brandt was arrested October 17, 2012 as part of the investigation into the abduction of two members of the family Moscosso.

Arrest Clifford Brandt

On Oct. 22, 2012 the Haitian National Police (PNH) arrested Clifford Brandt, the son of a prominent Haitian bourgeois family, on charges of leading a kidnapping ring which includes other wealthy Haitians as well as policemen and former policemen. The ring allegedly kidnapped Coralie and Nicolas Moscoso, aged 23 and 24 respectively, the children of another bourgeois family, for a ransom of $2.5 million. Brandt led the police to the two bound and blindfolded abductees in a house in the Pernier section of the capital. The Moscoso kids were then freed.

Haitians welcomed the news of Brandt's arrest as vindication that poor Haitians were not behind the country's frequent kidnappings, as the media and officials often led people to believe. Brandt's ring suggested the culprits are more likely rich and powerful Haitians.