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Haitian gang leader recaptured after prison break
Published on August 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti’s most feared gang leader, Clifford Brandt, was recaptured by Haitian and Dominican security forces on Tuesday, after having escaped from a prison outside the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday.

Brandt was re-arrested in the Cornillon-Grand Bois area, not far from the Haitian-Dominican border. He was accompanied with three other escapees who were also captured.

Brandt, who once led one of the most feared gangs in Haiti, fled on Sunday from the prison in the Croix-des-Bouquets district, outside the capital, following a mutiny. Brandt's gang, which specialized in kidnapping, was dismantled during the past couple of years.

The recapture of Brandt was the result of cooperation between the Haitian police and members of security forces from the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe congratulated the police and the population that also provided information leading to the arrest.

"We want all escapees back to their prison cells where they belong, and we are going to continue to support the police in their relentless efforts to recapture the fugitives," Lamothe told HCNN on Tuesday.

"Brandt is one big fish but we won't rest until we recapture those still on the run," Lamothe said.

Some 46 police agents took part in the operation that led to Brandt's recapture on Tuesday. So far, 19 escapees have been captured and 100 have been identified, according to prison authorities.

It is not clear now whether Brandt will be sent back to the same prison at Croix-des-Bouquets from which he escaped.
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