Haitian death squad leader convicted in New York —of mortgage fraud

On July 25 a jury in Brooklyn, New York, convicted right-wing paramilitary leader Emmanuel (“Toto”) Constant of mortgage fraud. He faces a 5-to-15 prison sentence in New York, followed by deportation to Haiti. “The trial proved there is rampant fraud in the mortgage industry,” said Constant’s lawyer, Samuel Karliner. “His role was minor.” But attorney Jennie Green from the New York-based nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) expressed a “hope that after [Constant] serves a stiff sentence in New York, he faces trial” for crimes in Haiti that included “murder and rape and other torture of thousands.” (New York Daily News, July 25; CCR press release, July 25)

From Weekly News Update on the Americas, July 27

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