Ron Howell Newsday (03-01)
"I am calling upon the US government to launch an investigation into the legality of Mr. Apaid's continuing leadership in a foreign political movement, especially one that calls for the violent overthrow of a sovereign government. I am also asking members of the United States Congress to investigate whether members of the US Government knew of Mr. Apaid's U.S. citizenship and ignored possible violations of the Neutrality Act, or worse, continued to fund and/or encourage his participation in efforts to overthrow another Government"
Ira Kurzban,In 1986, American entrepreneur Andre Apaid was appointed by US Agency for International Development to lead a new organization called "Prominex" which was designed "to recruit assembly contracts and attract overseas investors" by mounting "a marketing effort that identifies the country as a serious contender for overseas investment". US AID refers to him as a Haitian businessman: but he holds US citizenship and dual citizenship is not recognized in Haiti.
General Counsel for the Government of Haiti in the United States
February 14, 2004
It seems that Mr. Apaid is flaunting a major felony on the world stage, according to Kurzban's February 14th press conference.
In addition to his legal problems in Haiti, Apaid has significant conflicts of interest: indeed he may have been the sole beneficiary of the 7 million dollars invested in Prominex by the Reagan administration. He is by far the largest sweatshop operator in Haiti: with employees who are paid as little as 68 cents a day, far below the minimum wage of $1.50/day in Haiti.
According to Ronald W. Cox of Florida International University:
Apaid was the owner of Industries Nationales Reunies S.A. (INR), a contract assembly firm employing over 1,700 workers in 1990. The most successful division of INR is Alpha Electronics, "which assembles electronic products for Sperry/Unisys, IBM, Remington and Honeywell" (National Labor Committee Report, 1993: 28). Alpha? supplied components are used in U.S. government computers and U.S. Defense Department radar and sonar equipment. In addition, Apaid has close connections to sections of the Haitian military and is a known sympathizer of the coup which overthrew the democratically elected government of Jean Bertrand Aristide.Chapter Seven of Cox's
Private Interests and U.S. Foreign Policy
in Haiti and the Caribbean Basin
explains the economic background for the overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide's legally elected government.