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Haiti Wants To Reform Its Energy Sector. So Police Showed Up To Arrest Power Providers

Power blackouts are notorious in Haiti. In this 2015 file photo, a polling official marks the finger of a voter with indelible ink, by lamp light due to the electricity not working at the polling station in the Petion Ville suburb of Port au Prince.

A former Haitian government prosecutor is calling the attempted arrest of the widow of late Haitian President René Préval and the director of an independent power provider, illegal and harassment.

“There is nothing technical here. It’s all political,” said Jean Danton Léger, an ex chief prosecutor who currently represents the company Société Générale d’Énergie SA (Sogener), one of three independent power providers in Haïti that produces then sells electricity to state-owned Electricité d’Haïti (EDH) under a 2005 contract.

Léger confirmed that on Saturday hooded Haiti National Police officers with the judicial police unit showed up at the home of the late president in search of his widow, Elisabeth Débrosse Préval, the chief financial officer of Sogener. Police also went to the home of the mother of his client Dimitri Vorbe, Sogener’s vice president and executive director.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.