In a press statement, the members of the Security Council expressed their concern that the delay in elections may undermine Haiti’s ability to address the security, economic and social challenges it faces.As such, the Council strongly encouraged the Executive, the Parliament, and the relevant political actors to come to an agreement by 7 February, providing a Haitian-led and owned roadmap for the swift conclusion of the current electoral cycle to allow the Haitian people the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in a free, fair, inclusive, and transparent contest.The members of the Council commended the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the Haitian National Police for their efforts to contain the violence and protect the civilian population. Reiterating strong condemnation of any attempt to destabilize the electoral process, in particular by force, the Council urged all candidates, their supporters, political parties and other political actors to remain calm, refrain from unlawful violence or any action that can further disrupt the electoral process and political stability, resolve any electoral disputes through established legal mechanisms, and to hold those responsible for such violence accountable. Further to the statement, the Council welcomed the continued efforts of the UN, other multilateral agencies, regional organizations, and UN Member States in supporting Haiti’s critical needs. Council members expressed their intention to continue to follow closely the situation in Haiti.
Mr Huseyin was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather – a kind, considerate family man whose death has devastated his family, particularly his wife, who feels so alone without him after all these yearsJudge Nicholas Loraine-Smith Ledesma initially tried to pass off the error as being a colleague’s mistake and only when questioned further did she admit to being distracted and flustered when checking the patient’s details.Anthony Metzer, defending, described the case as a “double tragedy” and said she is “anxious to accept full blame” and had shown extreme remorse.”Even to this day I don’t think there’s anything I can point to as to how it was that this tragic and serious error came about,” he added.”This will live with her until her own dying day,” Mr Metzer said.Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said: “Mr Huseyin was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather – a kind, considerate family man whose death has devastated his family, particularly his wife, who feels so alone without him after all these years.”It’s still a mystery to me as to how and why you came to behave in the way that you did, and you remain certain that the details of the other Mr Hussain were shown on the deceased’s monitor and I cannot exclude that as a contributory factor.”The judge said he had “rarely, if ever” seen so many character references and letters of support for a defendant and continued: “You were committed to that unit, everybody talks about how reliable you were, how committed.”You were described as the mother of the unit and always prepared to go the extra mile for your patients.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The court was packed with the nurse’s friends and familyCredit: PA Archive/PA Images Ledesma, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, wept and hugged her family after the sentence was passed on Thursday.The public gallery was packed with dozens of her family, friends and former hospital colleagues, many of whom wrote letters of support to the court.They formed a circle in court and prayed after the judge announced she would not be going to prison.Mr Huseyin had been in the care of Ledesma after a successful heart bypass operation in May 2014.He was given the wrong blood type in a transfusion on May 7 2014 and died later the same day.A number of errors on Ledesma’s part saw her choose the wrong blood from a vending style machine, before checking it against the wrong computer records. A blundering nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been spared jail.Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes which led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.The 49-year-old nurse, who was described as the “mother” of the intensive care unit at London Heart Hospital where she had worked since 2001, then tried to blame a colleague for the mistake.She was given an 18-month suspended sentence at Southwark Crown Court after previously being convicted of unlawful manslaughter by gross negligence.