Brazil Gets Tough in Haiti, Freeing Kidnapped People and Seizing Drugs

The United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti, headed by Brazil, have been taking action to reduce criminal activity in the capital’s sprawling Bel-Air district.

According to UN sources, those forces secured the release of two kidnapped people, arrested more than two dozen people and seized false papers, munitions and illicit drugs.


A Brazilian unit freed an unidentified kidnapped person during a routine raid last Tuesday, after having liberated an abducted young woman called Karine Dominique Joseph on 22 July, who had been held for 24 hours.


The Brazilians also arrested 14 suspects in different parts of Bel-Air, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said.


During the week the Brazilian “blue helmets” seized electronic equipment, ammunition and bank cards and rounded up another 12 suspects in the shantytown, it said.


In another development, MINUSTAH said the total number of voters registered across the Caribbean country since 11 July was 630,333.

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