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Yonyon, the historical leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, transferred to the United States

Posted on 2022-05-03 | lenouvelliste.com

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, Germine Joly, alias “Yonyon”, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday May 3. It is the National Police of Haiti which makes the announcement on social networks. According to the PNH, his extradition on board a special plane (FBI) follows a request for mutual legal assistance produced by the American judicial authorities on April 22, 2022. “He is being prosecuted via an international warrant issued by the district court of the USA for the District of Columbia on the following counts: Conspiracy and violation of the United States Export Control and Contraband Reform Act; importation of weapons of war; kidnapping followed by confinement for ransom of American citizens,” the police note said.

The PNH also recalled that the defendant is the number one of the criminal organization called “400 Mawozo”. This gang is involved in several criminal acts, including assassination, kidnapping, theft of vehicles, destruction of private property, arson, etc. This armed gang had notably kidnapped 17 American missionaries, French and Haitian religious and recently an agricultural attaché from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Haiti. The latter is still in the hands of the kidnappers.

The extradition of Germine Joly, alias “Yonyon”, comes in a context of clashes between rival gangs in several districts of Croix-des-Bouquets, Tabarre and Cité Soleil. Thousands of people have had to move while others are besieged, causing a humanitarian crisis in this part of the metropolitan area. If no official and exhaustive report has yet been established, witnesses report that several dozen people have been killed.

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