pnh and judiciary
Rudy Therassan headed Haitian national police from 2001 until 2003. He was accused by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments.He was sentenced to almost 15 years in prison and obligated to also forfeit $1.8 million in assets.
In May 2004, Rudy Therassan, Haiti's former National Police Chief (from April 2001 until approximately August 2003) was accused of allegedly taking money from a Colombian drug dealer to protect cocaine shipments passing through Haiti on the way to the United States. In April, 2004, in a U.S. federal court, Therassan pleaded guilty of conspiring to import at least 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S and activities amounting to money laundering. Therassan used to receive $150,000 in cash for each plane-load of cocaine, he allowed to land on Haiti's Route 9, which were subsequently smuggled to the U.S. His $1.8 million in assets, including two houses in Palm Beach County, Florida were forfeited by court order. During his trial, one informant testified that he witnessed Therassan shoot and killed Haitian drug trafficker Hector Ketant's brother and his bodyguard after a dispute over money.
April, 2004 - Leon Charles, named Haiti Police Chief following the removal of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.
According to information obtained, Leon Charles is a former officer of Haiti Military, FADH, in the Marine division. He became the new Police Chief of Haiti and later was replaced by Mario Andresol. While some people were not satisfied with his job performance, many others think that Leon Charles served his country well
A new initiative to improve Haiti Police and Judiciary. According to US Ambassador Kenneth Merten, the US will fund the construction of a police station in Cité Soleil, a prison for women, the expansion of national penitentiary and the renovation of several other institutions across the country.
The Ambassador reiterated the commitment of the United States, to bring its contribute to the Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH), and the judiciary. "We know that the security is essential to the stability that it is necessary to regain, if you want to reach the prosperity and the development of the country"
US Ambassador Merten wants to make sure that the Haitian population knows that the US government is committed to help Haiti create a stable and secure environment in Haiti as they are essential for economic development