FBI 'Engineered' Bribery Case In Haiti, Jury Hears

By Aaron Leibowitz (June 11, 2019, 4:20 PM EDT) -- Undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation pressured two men to divulge a bribery scheme in Haiti to fund an $84 million port project, but never proved that any such conspiracy existed, lawyers for the men told a federal jury in Boston on Tuesday as a weeklong trial began.

"These agents were predisposed to thinking that the only way to invest successfully in Haiti was to commit a bribe," said Donald LaRoche, representing retired U.S. army colonel and Maryland dentist Joseph Baptiste. The FBI, LaRoche said in his opening argument, "sought to manufacture a crime and criminals out of men...

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