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#2158: Suspect rearrested in Haiti tourist murders (fwd)
WIRE:02/03/2000 13:26:00 ET
Suspect rearrested in Haiti tourist murders
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A principal suspect in the killing of two
French tourists and their Haitian companion was arrested for a second
time by police after being illegally released, police said Thursday.
Pierre Jean-Francois, a mechanic, was originally detained for the Jan.
12 killings of Fernand Mullier, 53, his daughter Celine,17, and their
Haitian friend Aubin Aspil, after police discovered the victims'
bloodstained rental car at Jean-Francois' house. Papers, passports and
plane tickets belonging to the victims were found in the
A local police commissioner gave the order to release Jean-Francois for
reasons that were never explained, and he was arrested again Wednesday,
police said. Mullier, his wife and daughter were visiting Haiti from
their home in northern France. They planned to open a business in
Jacmel and were believed to be traveling with a large sum of money,
neighbors in Jacmel said. Six suspects have been arrested and the case
is still under investigation, police spokesman Jean-Dady Simeon told
Reuters. The killings horrified residents of the poor Caribbean
nation, particularly in the quiet seaside tourist town of Jacmel.
Thousands of Jacmel residents took to the streets on Jan. 18 with
Mullier's grief-stricken wife to protest the killings.