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Former Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe was sanctioned by State Department for corrupt practices

Former Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe was sanctioned by US State Department for alleged corruption.

On Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared the imposition of sanctions on former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, citing his alleged involvement in the misuse of tens of millions of dollars. The boycott, as stated by Blinken, renders Lamothe ineligible for entry into the United States due to his significant role in corruption.

Specifically, Lamothe is accused of misappropriating a minimum of $60 million from Haiti’s PetroCaribe infrastructure investment and social welfare fund for personal gain. By exploiting his position as a public official and actively managing the fund, Lamothe engaged in corrupt practices and contributed to the current instability in Haiti.

The PetroCaribe agreement, initially established with Venezuela, aimed to provide Haiti’s government with affordable fuel. However, it eventually led to a scandal surrounding the alleged mishandling of funds, triggering widespread protests fueled by corruption allegations.

Blinken’s announcement is part of a broader initiative to hold accountable those responsible for inciting violence, obstructing vital humanitarian aid, and enriching themselves at the expense of the Haitian people. The international community’s commitment to combat corruption and promote transparency in Haiti’s governance remains essential for fostering stability and prosperity.

Lamothe stepped down as prime minister in 2015 following intense anti-government demonstrations demanding elections and the resignations of Lamothe and then-President Michel Martelly.

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