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Former Haitian Gov't official found dead; suicide suspected

Friday, July 14, 2017

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MIAMI, USA (CMC) – A former official in the Haiti Government, Klaus Eberwein, was found dead in a motel room here on Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head.

According to a police report, Eberwein's body was discovered in a room at a Quality Inn hotel in South Dade.

The incident has been ruled a suicide by the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office.

Eberwein, 50, once served as director general of the Haitian Government's Economic Development Agency – a position he held from May 2012 until February 2015 when he was replaced.

The Miami Herald said Eberwein was also a partner in a popular pizza restaurant in Haiti, Muncheez.

“It's really shocking,” said Muncheez's owner Gilbert Bailly, in an interview with the Miami Herald.

“We grew up together; he was like family.”

During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds.

He was scheduled to go before the Haitian Senate's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission next Tuesday as the commission investigates the management of PetroCaribe funds, the money Haiti receives from Venezuela's discounted oil programme.

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