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#5350: AP article on NEW Coup attempt in Haiti (fwd)
From: Jean Jean-Pierre <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Six Haitian
accused of plotting to assassinate the country's top
leaders and stage a
coup were arrested as they crossed the border to the
Dominican and Haitian officials said.
Wednesday night's announcement comes a day after
Jacques-Edouard Alexis said the government was
investigation into unidentified police officers
allegedly plotting to
destabilize the impoverished, restive country two weeks
The situation in Haiti is extremely tense ahead of
elections planned for
Nov. 26 that are expected to return to power
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the
controversial ex-president. Major opposition parties
plan to boycott the
Miguel Soto, secretary of the Dominican armed forces,
said six Haitians
in police uniform were arrested Monday and brought to
Santo Domingo, the
Dominican capital, for interrogation on Wednesday.
``It seems they were implicated in a coup d'etat,''
Soto told The
In Haiti, leading Sen. Gerard Gilles told The
Associated Press that the
men were planning to assassinate Aristide, his protege
President Rene Preval and Alexis, the premier. Gilles
is from Aristide's
Lavalas Family party.
Gilles said the men would be extradited to Haiti on
Aristide, a former Catholic priest, was Haiti's first
leader and was ousted by a military coup in 1991.
reinstated by a 1994 U.S.-led invasion of the Caribbean
country. He then
disbanded Haiti's army and replaced it with a civilian
Radio Marien, a private Dominican radio station, quoted
one of those
arrested, whom it did not identify by name, as saying
they were fleeing
into Dominican territory from a Haitian mob threatening
to kill them.
Preval was in Venezuela to sign an oil agreement along
installed Dominican President Hipolito Mejia, who told
don't believe that this is very important. If Preval
were worried about
it, he would not be here.''
Haiti's main opposition leader, Gerard Pierre Charles
of the Struggling
People's Organization, said he believed the ``supposed
an attempt to derail talks brokered by the Organization
States to end the opposition boycott and allow a