In May, Jean-Bart, also known as “Dadou”, was suspended by FIFA while the organization’s ethics committee conducted an internal investigation into the allegations. On November 18, FIFA moved to ban Jean-Bart before informing him of their decision on Friday.
The FIFA Ethics Committee claims that Jean-Bart “abused his position and sexually abused and harassed female players, including minors, in violation of FIFA Code of Conduct.”
In a statement, FIFA said Jean-Bart was “suspended” from all life-related activities related to football (administrative, sports or other) at the national and international levels. ” He was also ordered to pay a fine of 1 million francs, or nearly 1.1 million US dollars.
“These ethical proceedings are part of a broader investigation into Jean-Bart, as well as other officials within the FHF, who have been identified as directors (accomplices, accomplices or instigators) of the 2014’s alleged sexual misconduct against other players.
Mr. Evan Nierman spokesman Jean-Bart said clients would appeal the decision, saying in a statement that “the decision of FIFA is oppressed justice movement politically absolutely to avoid arguing and bad news next after having criticized the famous ones like the Haitian judicial system to investigate and cleared Dr. Jean-Bart’s offense incorrect, FIFA does not review empirical evidence, which is why Dr. Jean-Bart expected to be released from his position and has been fully restored after the appeals court verdict sports.”
Court documents obtained by CNN show that a Haitian judge, Emilio Accime, who led the criminal investigation into Jean-Bart’s case, decided to stop the trial and choose to close the case because of ‘lack of evidence.’
“After reviewing the” documents we have received from various parties, “Accime said in his ruling that” we cannot continue to investigate Dr. Yves Jean-Bart. ” He did not give a specific reason for his decision to stop the investigation.
Accime said the police headquarters, which was asked to find the victims of the abuse, the Child Protection Command, reported to the court that they could not be found. Even attorneys for victims have in the past sent statements to the court detailing their clients’ accounts of violations.
Patrice Florvilus, a lawyer representing Kri Fanm Ayiti (KRIFA), a women’s rights group that accused Jean-Bart of sexual harassment, told CNN that Accime had closed the investigation without speaking to the woman who allegedly abused or heard evidence from the victim.
“The decision of the Haitian judges to investigate the sexual harassment and exploitation of the Haitian Football Association president is a real shame for the Haitian judiciary,” Florvilus told CNN.
Florvilus said one of his clients was called to testify on November 23, but the judge closed the case before the client had a chance to testify.
On Friday, the US Embassy in Haiti responded to FIFA’s ruling in a tweet, saying: “FIFA has found Yves Jean-Bart guilty of sexual harassment and abuse of female players, including minors. We regret that the Haitian government investigation has not resulted in charges.”
Florvilus hopes the criminal charges against Jean-Bart may continue if the judge’s decision to close the case is challenged by the Haitian Government Commission (promoter), which he said was “expected to be a child-born sufferer.”