Former Senator and Presidential Candidate Deported from U.S. to Haiti

Haiti’s Port-au-Prince — Former Senator of Haiti and presidential candidate Moisejan Charles told The Associated Press Tuesday that he had been arrested in the United States and transferred to Haiti.

Jean-Charles briefly spoke in a distraught manner when he arrived at Toussaint Louvercher International Airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince. It was not immediately clear why he was deported or if he was guilty of any kind.

He said he had been detained by US officials on Monday after returning from Nigeria and cross-examining his recent trip to Africa. He said he spent the night in jail and was deported on Tuesday.

“They have banned me from entering the United States for the next five years,” he said. “They canceled the visa and put me in jail. That’s humiliating.”

The arrest triggered a small protest in the Port-au-Prince district of Delmas 47. There, some people burned tires and threw rocks at passing cars.

Jean-Charles ran for president in 2015 and 2016 against adversaries, including the murdered President Jovenel Moïse, who was shot dead in his private residence on July 7. Jean-Charles was a former Senator and mayor of the nearby northern town of Milot, where Moïse was born.

At the end of last year, he called on Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s administration to hold elections and resolve the country’s growing anxieties as soon as possible to address key issues, including unemployment and kidnapping.

Harold Isaac

Associated Press