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Former Haitian executive jailed for accepting bribes
A former executive at Haiti's formerly state-owned telecommunications company Patrick Joseph was jailed for a year for accepting bribes from two United States companies awarded long-distance phone contracts in Haiti.
The sentencing came four months after Joseph’s father, Venel Joseph, a former president of Haiti's central bank under Aristide, was shot and killed in Port-au-Prince, following a media report that his son was assisting US officials.
Joseph, the former director general of Haiti Teleco, pleaded guilty to bribery charges earlier this year.
The case centres on a multibillion-dollar bribery and money-laundering scheme involving two Florida-based telecommunications companies.
Last year, the former president of Florida-based Terra Telecommunications Corp was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the bribery scheme.
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