Jamaican businessman pleads for return of employees locked up in Haiti

A Jamaican businessman is now pleading for the release of  three of his employees who have been detained in Haiti since March.

Haiti is known to have some of the most inhumane and deplorable prison conditions in the world.

According to a report by Irie FM, the men were held following a business trip to that country in March.

Ian Harris, the owner of a seafood company in St. Catherine, says the men have been locked-up in Haiti over three weeks now.


He has appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for help, but says he was only given names of attorneys.

Mr. Harris says he and four of his colleagues travelled to Haiti in March to explore business opportunities there.

He says the group had split to explore their options in Haiti, when he got news that three of his colleagues were detained in late April.

Jamaicans locked up in HaitiThe businessman states that from his understanding, a raid was carried out by the Haitian police and US troops.

According to him, since then, the men have been questioned by the US authorities and released into the custody of the Haitians.

Mr. Harris says his source in Haiti speaks of a deplorable condition in which the men are being held.

Mr. Harris says at the men’s last court appearance two days ago, the judge indicated a willingness to send them home.


However, the men are being held in Aquin and their passports are being held in Port Au Prince some 85 miles away.

Mr. Harris says he is appealing for help to get the men home, as their families are devastated by this incident.

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