Arrest of businessman Joel Khawly: the PNH provides details

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The Haitian National Police provided details Saturday afternoon about the arrest of the powerful businessman Jacmel, Joel Khawly, in the night of November 25, 2022, by agents of the Bureau of Anti-Drug Trafficking (BLTS) and the DCPJ. He is accused of illegal possession of weapons of war and ammunition, according to a note published this Saturday by the press service of the PNH.

The news of the arrest of Joel Khawly was immediately reported on social networks, indicating that a shipment of drugs would have been unloaded in the city of Marigot on behalf of the powerful businessman. Following this information, a team from the South detachment of the BLTS/DCPJ was dispatched to Jacmel to search several spaces in the southeastern metropolis including the Club Ma Folie and the home of Joel Khawly. After several hours of searches in the presence of Justice of the Peace Fritz Palanquet and agents of the UDMO of the region, several items were found at his home including two guns: a Smith and Wesson rifle model MEP15 series SW 75106 of 5.56mm and two magazines filled with 47 rounds; a UZI model SMG series 093035 and two Uzi magazines filled with 52 rounds of 9mm. A telescopic baton, a 9mm pistol series FXL 824 brand Glock 17 and two magazines filled with 14 and 16 rounds of 9mm, three canisters of tear gas, two of which are CS brand and another of Brand 112CN; two boxes of 12-gauge cartridges were also confiscated, according to the information note published on the official facebook page of the PNH

The lawyers of the Khawly family have not, for the moment, made any comment on the arrest of the businessman, which is making the news in the city of Jacmel.
The arrest of Joel Khawly was welcomed by members of civil society in Jacmel, who took the opportunity to denounce the “cynicism” of local judicial authorities. Some accused the Khawly family of taking control of the Jacmel customs. They also recalled the behavior of Joel Khawly during the last protests last September, when fifteen people were shot and injured by his security guards in the Saint-Cyr area. An act that the Jacmelian youth are not ready to forget. Some continue to demand justice and compensation for the victims of Joel Khawly’s security guards.

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