On Oct. 22, 2012 the Haitian National Police (PNH) arrested Clifford Brandt, the son of a prominent Haitian bourgeois family, on charges of leading a kidnapping ring which includes other wealthy Haitians as well as policemen and former policemen. The ring allegedly kidnapped Coralie and Nicolas Moscoso, aged 23 and 24 respectively, the children of another bourgeois family, for a ransom of $2.5 million. Brandt led the police to the two bound and blindfolded abductees in a house in the Pernier section of the capital. The Moscoso kids were then freed.
Haitians welcomed the news of Brandt's arrest as vindication that poor Haitians were not behind the country's frequent kidnappings, as the media and officials often led people to believe. Brandt's ring suggested the culprits are more likely rich and powerful Haitians.
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