Day: November 3, 2021

Vetting of new Haiti police chief under scrutiny

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Newly appointed chief of the Haitian National Police, Frantz Elbé, speaks at a ceremony for his installation after the resignation of former interim Police Chief Léon Charles, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 21, 2021.

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Shortly after being named the head of Haiti’s national police late last month amid a surge in gang violence, rampant kidnappings and a life-threatening fuel shortage, Frantz Elbé promised to tackle the Caribbean nation’s crime problems while motivating cops inside his department’s beleaguered force.

But Elbé, who was appointed by interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry to replace embattled interim Police Director General Léon Charles, who resigned over a week ago after less than a year in the job, could find his past overshadowing those efforts.

Several human-rights advocates in Haiti are accusing Elbé, the former Inspector General of the Haiti National Police, of being involved in police repression and human-rights abuses dating

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