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Haiti's soccer chief banned for life for sexual abuse of young football players

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: The President of FHF of Haiti, Yves Jean-Bart speaks to the audience during the 64th FIFA Congress at the Expocenter Transamerica on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Yves Jean-Bart

International football's governing body, FIFA, has banned the president of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), Yves Jean-Bart, from the sport for life, following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, the organization said in a statement.

(CNN)International football's governing body, FIFA, has banned the president of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), Yves Jean-Bart, from the sport for life, following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, the organization said in a statement.

FIFA's ethics committee claims that Jean-Bart had "abused his position and sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. "

"The aforementioned ethics proceedings are part of an extensive investigation concerning Mr. Jean-Bart, as well as other officials within the FHF, who were identified as having allegedly been involved (as principals, accomplices or instigators) in acts of systematic sexual abuse against female football players between 2014 and 2020.

Unlike the Haitian judicial system that properly investigated and cleared Dr. Jean-Bart of any wrongdoing, FIFA failed to review actual evidence which is why Dr. Jean-Bart expects to be fully exonerated and reinstated after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "

Court documents obtained by CNN show that Haitian judge Emilio Accime, who was leading the criminal investigation into Jean-Bart's conduct, decided to stop proceedings and opt to close the case, due to a 'lack of evidence. '

Patrice Florvilus, a lawyer representing Kri Fanm Ayiti (KRIFA), one of the women's rights groups that have accused Jean-Bart of sexual abuse, told CNN that Accime closed the inquiry without speaking to any of the women who had alleged the abuse or hearing evidence from any of the victims.

On Friday, the US embassy in Haiti responded to FIFA's decision in a tweet, saying "FIFA found Yves Jean-Bart guilty of sexual harassment and abuse of female players, including minors.

Florvilus hopes the criminal case against Jean-Bart could continue if the judge's decision to close the case is challenged by the Haitian government commissioner (procuror), who he says is "supposed to be the born advocate of minors. "

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