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Rudolph Boulos, A US citizen of Arab decent, from the wealthy and most powerful coup d’etat Boulos family in Haiti, faces charges of fraudulent gaining political office in Haiti, imminent expulsion and risks arrest and prosecution

28 January 2008

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-Senator Boulos Faces Dismissal For Deceiving Authorities About Citizenship/ Le sénateur Boulos risque la destitution pour ne avoir respécté la loi à propos de sa nationalité By Caribbean Media Corp, Nov 28, 2007, 10:36 elsie-news.over-blog.com/article-14209550.html

Senator faces expulsion from Haiti’s House in row over U.S. citizenship

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A United States citizen of Arab decent, who has been elected to Haiti’s Senate, now faces dismissal and possible arrest after officials accused him of fraudulently obtaining a Haitian passport and making false statements before election authorities.

Senator Rudolph Boulos, who is a member of one of the country’s wealthiest and most powerful families, was born on April 28, 1951 in Manhattan, New York, United States, according to official documents, copies of which have been obtained by the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). Those documents have also shown that Boulos had been using a U.S. passport lately, confirming that he has U.S. citizenship – which disqualifies him to occupy a seat at the Haitian Senate even as he continues to claim he is Haitian.

“I have never renounced my Haitian nationality.”

“I have been targeted for political reasons, because I stand against a plan uttered by certain authorities to restore a dictatorship in the country,” he said.

‘EVIDENCE’ But Haitian officials maintained Boulos – who is part of a family with a long tradition of doing business in Haiti – is a U.S. citizen and should leave Parliament.

“We have documented evidence that Mr. Boulos is a U.S. citizen. Therefore he is not allowed to seat at the Haitian Senate,” said a high-ranking government official who spoke to CMC on condition of anonymity.

“If Mr. Boulos does not give up the Senate seat he has obtained fraudulently, he runs the risk of being arrested and prosecuted,” the same source told CMC. “He still has time to choose.”

The Haitian constitution provides that any Haitian citizen who has obtained a foreign citizenship loses the Haitian nationality and therefore is banned from running for Parliament and for president.

In a document signed by Boulos before immigration authorities, he admitted that the Haitian passport he obtained in Aug. 31, 2005, was his very first Haitian passport. But Boulos had been living in Washington for years and has gone on numerous trips during the past years. President of the Senate Joseph Lambert said he was expecting official notification from judicial and government authorities before acting and has announced the Senate would launch its own investigation.

“If it is confirmed that Senator Boulos possess a U.S. passport, he will be simply dismissed,” said Lambert, inviting Boulos to voluntarily resign if he really holds a U.S. passport.

Boulos traveled to the Dominican Republic on Mar. 15, 2005 with a U.S. passport numbered 701-977-831, while he holds a Haitian passport numbered PP 1260252, according to documents obtained by CMC from government, judicial and electoral sources.

Senator Boulos Faces Dismissal For Deceiving Authorities About Citizenship/ Le sénateur Boulos risque la destitution pour ne avoir respécté la loi à propos de sa nationalité

By Caribbean Media Corp Nov 28, 2007, 10:36 elsie-news.over-blog.com/article-14209550.html

A U.S. citizen of Arab decent, who has been elected at Haiti ’s senate, now faces dismissal and possible arrest after Haitian officials found he had fraudulently obtained a Haitian passport and allegedly made false statements before election authorities. Senator Rudolph Boulos, who is part of one of the country’s wealthiest and most powerful families, was born on April 28, 1951, in Manhattan , New York (USA), according to official documents of which copies have been obtained by CMC. Those documents have shown that Boulos had been using lately a U.S. passport, confirming that he has U.S. citizenship – which disqualifies him to occupy a seat at the Haitian senate. But he continues to claim he is Haitian. “I have never renounced my Haitian nationality,” Boulos told reporters. “I have been targeted for political reasons, because I stand against a plan uttered by certain authorities to restore a dictatorship in the country,” he said. But Haitian officials maintained Boulos – who is part of a family with a long tradition of doing business in Haiti – is a U.S. citizen and should leave Parliament. “We have documented evidence that Mr. Boulos is a U.S. citizen. Therefore he is not allowed to seat at the Haitian senate,” said a high-ranking government official who spoke to CMC on condition of anonymity. “

De nationalité étatsunienne, de descendance arabe, un sénateur récemment élu, se retrouve face à la destitution et une possible arrestation après que le gouvernement haïtien ait découvert qu’il avait obtenu frauduleusement un passeport et fait de fausses déclaraations aux autorités chargées des élections.

Le sénateur Rudolph Boulos, membre de l’une des plus riches et plus puissantes familles du pays est né le 28 avril, 1951 à Manhattant, New York(USA) selon les documents dont les copies ont été obtenues par Caribbean Media Corp. Ces documents montrent que Boulos a bien utilisé récemment son passeport US, confirmant qu’il a bien la nationalité étatsunienne- ce qui le rend inapte à occuper un poste de Sénateur. Mais il continue à affirmer qu’il est Haïtien “ Je n’ai jamais renoncé à ma nationalité haïtienne” dit-il aux journalistes. “ J’ai été visé pour des raisons politiques. Je me suis élévé contre un plan ourdi par certaines autorités pour restaurer une dictature dans le pays”. Mais les autorités officielles d’Haïti maintiennent que Boulos- membre d’une famille qui a une longue tradition de faire du business avec Haïti- est citoyen US et devrait quitter le Parlement. “Nous avons des documents apportant la preuve que M. Boulos est un citoyen US; par conséquent il ne peut avoir un siège dans un Parlement haïtien “ a déclaré un fonctionnaire important du gouvernement qui a voulu garder l’anonymat.

“If Mr. Boulos does not give up the senate seat he has obtained fraudulently, he runs the risk of being arrested and prosecuted,” the same authorized source told CMC. “He still has time to choose”. The Haitian constitution provides any Haitian citizen who has obtained a foreign citizenship loses the Haitian nationality and therefore is banned from running for parliament offices and for president. In a document signed by Boulos before immigration authorities, he admitted that the Haitian passport he has obtained in August 31, 2005, was his very first Haitian passport. But Boulos – who was born in Manhattan ( New York ) on April 28, 1951 – had been living in Washington for years and has gone on numerous trips during the past years. The president of the senate, Joseph Lambert, said he was expecting official notification of the fact from judicial and government authorities before acting and has announced the senate would launch its own investigation. “If it is confirmed that senator Boulos possess a U.S. passport, he will be simply dismissed,” said Lambert inviting Boulos to voluntarily resign if he really holds a U.S. passport.

Selon ce même haut fonctionnaire si M.Boulos refuse de se démettre du poste qu’il a frauduleusement obtenu, il court le risque d’être arrêté et poursuivi par la justice. “ Il a encore le temps de choisir” a-t-il dit. Selon la constitution haïtienne toute personne ayant obtenu une nationalité étrangère perd d’office sa nationalité haïtienne et de ce fait ne peut accéder aux postes de Président et de parlementaires. Dans un document signé par Boulos devant les fonctionnaires de l’immigration, il a admis que le passeport haïtien qu’ll a depuis le 31 août 2005, était son premier passeport haïtien. Mais Boulos- né à Manhattan ( New York) le 28 avril 1951- a vécu à Washingon pendant des années et a beaucoup voyagé ces dernières années. Le président du Sénat, Joseph Lambert, a déclaré qu’il attendait une notification officielle des autorités de l’Administration et de la Justice avant de prendre des mesures. Il a aussi annoncé que le Sénat va mener sa propre enquête. “ S’il est confirmé que le sénateur Boulos a un passeport US, il devra simplement démissionner.” a déclaré Lambert qui a aussi invité Boulos a volontairement démisionner s’il a un passeport US.

Chaplain Ulysses comments: There’s a double standard in Haitian enforcement of the law – the rich and light skin get away with breaking the law with complete impunity, where dark skinned Haitians cannot | Jan. 28, 2008, source: via e-mail

Get Up Stand Up, Stand Up For Your Right!!!!

As far as we’re concerned Mr. Boulos got to go back to his business. He should resign willingly or be forced to resign. We know what he has done and capable of doing. But its a matter of time. For sooner or later everyone will be judged for their actions. Let’s be real, how much can we expect from this commission? These guys need to stop insulting our intelligence.

Its unconstitutional, illegal, wrong, unlawful, and unacceptable to have a man born in the United States of Syro-Lebanese (Arab) parents to become Senator in Haiti.

Its not a secret that Boulos has more than one passport.

In fact, even his political party leaders confirm that he holds more than one passport. Photo copy of Boulos US passport have been posted all over the place. His political party admits the news. But, instead of taking legal action the current administration stays quiet. This is very disrespectful. A slap in the face of our forefathers who fought and died to leave us a free nation. Wake up people! Enough is enough. This madness has got to stop! We are sick and tired of this nonsense; another commission to verify the nationality of Mr. Boulos & co….and in the meantime the beat goes on.

When Mr. Dumas Siméus, Haitian-American by naturalization, born in Haiti of dark skin Haitian parents entered the race as a candidate, during the last presidential election, government officials, local politicians and particularly members of the bourgoisie/élite waged a vicious campaign against him.

If Mr. Siméus wasn’t politically connected outside Haiti, Latortue and gang would have locked him in a Haitian jail.

The double standard doesn’t only apply in the case of Mr. Boulos with multiple passport illegally and unlawfully holding a senate seat in Haiti. The US government is deporting about 100 immigrants with criminal records to Haiti but when Mr. Handal, a prominent businessman of Arab ancestry was arrested and jailed in kidnapping relating activities the local press barely mentionned the news and after his release from jail he managed to leave the country. An other interesting case of double standard is the case of drug traffickers closed to Aristide sent to jail in the US and some of those who decided to turn against Aristide were generously compensated, and today some hold strategic political posts. One day, one very day soon to come everything that took place in the dark will be brought to light. By the way has anyone sees Judge Claudy Gassant?

Chaplain Ulysse

Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

  
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