Haiti: Gang leader Joly Germine indicted over missionary abductions

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A notorious Haitian gangster is due to appear in US court Wednesday for allegedly leading the armed abduction and kidnapping of 17 Christian missionaries last year. Joly Germine, 29, is said to be a leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, infamous for holding foreigners for ransom. Some of the alleged missionary captives seized by the criminal group were held for two months before escaping. Their ordeal brought international attention to gang abductions in Haiti. Mr Germine, known as ‘Yonyon,’ is the first defendant to be charged over the kidnappings. Transferred from a Haitian jail into US federal custody earlier this month, he is being held in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to commit hostage taking. He faces a separate charge for arms smuggling. His indictment ‘demonstrates that the United States will not tolerate crime against our citizens, here or abroad,’ said FBI director Christopher Wray.” (05/11/22)