Carlos Guillén, a Dominican Republic diplomat, was finally freed four days after he was held captive by a gang in Haiti.
According to Dominican ambassador Frank Miguel Castillo, Guillén was kidnapped by members of the 400 Mawozo gang while on his way to the Dominican Republic from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where he works as an advisor to the Dominican Embassy.
Four days after Guillén’s capture, the Dominican Republic’s foreign minister Roberto Álvarez revealed in a tweet that Guillén has been freed and that he was “safe and sound.”
Guillén’s release came just hours after the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang was extradited to the United States.
The 400 Mawozo gang’s base was located in the Croix-des-Bouquets district east of Port-au-Prince and is where Guillén was allegedly held.
Álvarez did not disclose how Mr. Guillén was released but thanked “all those who actively participated in his release.”
According to Haiti’s Center for Analysis and Research on Human Rights, kidnappings for ransom have increased dramatically in the last two years with over 1,200 people abducted last year, 81 of whom were foreign nationals.
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