Three Haitian Prisoners in Custody


Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has noted that three of the Haitians who arrived in Portland on March 23, were prisoners when the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12.
He pointed out that they are currently in the custody of the Port Antonio police and will be returned to Haiti to face the charges against them.
Mr. Vaz told journalists attending a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, today (March 25), that strict procedures are being adhered to, with regard to ascertaining the identities of all persons who land on the island.
“Let me send a clear signal that the Jamaican authorities are in contact with the international authorities and the Haitian authorities, and we are able to track any criminal elements that would want to escape and come to Jamaica and we will be dealing with them as they were dealt with in Haiti,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz is assuring Jamaicans that there is heightened security at the Port Antonio Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where the Haitians are being housed.
“There is police presence there, round the clock on three shifts, led by a senior officer along with seven other officers, and that is to make sure and safeguard the premises, allowing nobody to enter or the Haitians to exit,” he informed.
In addition, he said that border patrol has been stepped up, given the expectation that more Haitians might be on their way here.
A total of 62 Haitians arrived in Jamaica on March 23, at the Manchioneal Fishing Beach and the Winifred Beach in Portland.
An estimated 230,000 people died when a magnitude seven earthquake struck Haiti on January 12. Another 1.3 million survivors were left homeless.

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