Saturday, July 22, 2017

Witness in Clinton Foundation corruption trial found dead in Miami

  • News Desk, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-07-16 23:00:47 BdST

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Photo taken from Klaus Eberwein's Twitter account.

A former Haitian government official, who was scheduled to testify next week in a case of alleged corruption and malpractice in Clinton Foundation, has been found dead in Miami.

Klaus Eberwein reportedly shot himself in the head on Tuesday, and the death was being treated a suicide by local authorities, according to the Miami Herald. Eberwein was 50.

He told acquaintances he feared for his life for his fierce criticism of the Clinton Foundation, World Net Daily (WND) reported.

Eberwein was due to appear next Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors, according to the WND.

A supporter of former Haitian president Michel Martelly, Eberwein had served as director general of the Haitian government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, for three years.

According to Eberwein, a paltry 0.6 percent of donations granted by international donors to the Clinton Foundation with the express purpose of directly assisting Haitians actually ended up in the hands of Haitian organisations.

"A further 9.6 percent ended up with the Haitian government. The remaining 89.8 percent – or $5.4 billion – was funnelled to non-Haitian organisations."

“The Clinton Foundation, they are criminals, they are thieves, they are liars, they are a disgrace,” Eberwein said at a protest outside the Clinton Foundation headquarters in Manhattan last year, the WND reported.

According to the Haiti Libre newspaper, Eberwein was said to be in “good spirits with plans for the future. His close friends and business partners are shocked by the idea he may have committed suicide."

“It’s really shocking,” said friend Gilbert Bailly. “We grew up together; he was like family.”

According to Miami Helard, Bailly spoke to Eberwein two weeks ago and he was in good spirits. They were working on opening a Muncheez restaurant in Sunrise, he said.

"But it appears that Eberwein had fallen on hard times."

An Uber spokesperson confirmed that he worked as a driver for a while in South Florida, the Herald reported.

The Haitian government issued an official notice thanking Eberwein for his service and mourning his untimely death.