- Kenya’s High Court on Thursday extended a block on the deployment of 1,000 police officers to Haiti, which is part of a multinational effort to combat gang violence in the Caribbean nation.
- The High Court previously blocked the proposed deployment in October.
- Haiti’s gang violence epidemic has made international headlines, with organized crime’s stranglehold on the country only worsening following the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Kenya’s high court on Thursday extended orders blocking the deployment of police officers to Haiti, even as parliament approved a government request to send 1,000 officers to the Caribbean nation to help deal with gang violence.
High Court Judge Chacha Mwita said he would issue a ruling on Jan. 26, effectively delaying the sending of security officers to Haiti, where they are slated to lead a multinational force backed by the U.N Security Council.
The planned deployment was first blocked by the High Court in Nairobi in October.
Whatever decision is reached by the High Court in January may be appealed, meaning there could be a protracted battle over sending the troops to Haiti.