Monday, January 20, 2014

9 charged in slaying of prominent Haitian journalist Jean Dominique

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Nine people have been charged in the 2000 killing of one of Haiti's most renowned journalists, marking a major step forward in a high-profile case that has dragged on for years.

A judge's report, read aloud in the Court of Appeal, alleged that former senator Mirlande Liberus Pavert was the intellectual author of the slaying of radio journalist Jean Dominique. Liberus Pavert was a member of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Family Lavalas party while she served as senator in the early 2000s.

Also charged was Annette Auguste, a well-known folk singer otherwise known as So Anne. She was a Lavalas activist at that time.

Gabriel Harold Severe, a former deputy mayor of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince; Franco Camille, a onetime powerful Lavalas activist; and Dimsley Milien, the alleged hit man, were also charged.

None of them could be reached for comment. No arrests have been made.

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