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Haiti-Security: 75% reduction in cases of kidnapping in 2009 compared to 2008
Posted November 6, 2009

66 cases of kidnapping were identified by MINUSTAH January to October 2009, a reduction of 75% compared to 2008, informed on Thursday charged with communication UNPOL Fred Blaise at a news conference.

This reduction of 75% of cases of kidnapping was registered this year compared to 2008 when for the same period the number of cases reported was 266. More recently, regarding the last three months of the year, 4 cases were registered in August, 4 cases in September and 6 October.

According to Fred Blaise, this reduction is positive in several respects: It demonstrates the effectiveness of the prevention campaign and the capacity of the HNP, but also how much popular support, which leaves the kidnappers act with impunity, in in the successful fight against this phenomenon.

Since the beginning of 2009, continuing the communication officer of the UNPOL 72 people suspected of involvement in the kidnapping were arrested. There had been 327 last year, "which has probably also contributed to reducing the number of cases this year," says Blaise.

He took the opportunity to continue to thank people for their vigilance. "Do not drop the pressure, remembering that I wè pale lips. Mwen pap konplis, map denonse kidnap, "said he urged.

However, it further emphasizes that the number of lynching remains very important and even too. Indeed, 77 lynchings were recorded since early 2009, a number higher than 2008 where, for any year, 70 cases were identified including 56 from January to October. There is an increase of over 30% of cases over the same period.

"It now accounts for more cases of lynching by month of cases of kidnapping. The lynching is a crime, murder and UNPOL will continue to support the HNP that those responsible for these crimes be brought to justice, "said Blaise.


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