In a shocking incident last night, the new premises of the courthouse in Port-au-Prince were targeted by burglars. Reports from various media outlets in Haiti confirm that valuable evidence, including important documents, was stolen from the crime scene. This unfortunate event brings to mind the circumstances surrounding the previous relocation of the courthouse ten months ago when armed gangs invaded the premises and made off with crucial evidence.
The stolen documents pose a serious setback for justice in the region, as they contain crucial information needed for investigations and prosecutions.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the previous invasion that forced the relocation of the courthouse. Ten months ago, armed gangs stormed the original premises, causing chaos and compromising the integrity of ongoing cases. The decision to move to a new location was made to ensure the safety of both the staff and the evidence. However, this recent burglary raises concerns about the effectiveness of the security measures in place.
The theft of important documents and evidence undermines the justice system in Haiti. The loss of critical information may hinder ongoing investigations and hinder the progress of legal proceedings. This setback not only affects the victims seeking justice but also erodes public trust in the judicial system. Haiti is dealing with an investigation following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021 where many politicians and high ranking officials are often cited among the suspects.