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8136: Dissident's lawyer killed in car wreck (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <email@example.com>
Dissident's lawyer killed in car wreck
>From Herald wire services
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- The lawyer for a prominent opposition leader jailed on
attempted murder charges was killed in a car accident on his way to file an
appeal for his client.
The mysterious accident occurred as top officials of the Organization of
American States arrive here to warn President Jean-Bertrand Aristide that he
must make peace with opposition leaders who say he rigged last year's
elections against them.
Attorney Yves Jean -- representing jailed politician Gabriel Fortune -- and
Fortune's brother, law student Moise Fortune, 32, left on Saturday the south
coast town of Les Cayes, where Fortune is being held for Port-au-Prince.
Moise Fortune, who met with reporters on Sunday after he regained
consciousness, said he had driven about 55 miles when he realized a white
sport utility vehicle was following him.
To lose the car, he and Jean turned off into a town for about 15 minutes.
When they returned to the road, the white vehicle appeared behind them
again, Fortune said.
Fortune said he kept driving but lost control of his car when he heard what
sounded like a gunshot. Jean, 50, died in the accident and Fortune was in a
coma for more than a day.
Fortune's brother Gabriel is one of two opposition activists who were
arrested last week and whose imprisonment is threatening to scuttle the OAS
mission here. He was detained May 21 after gunfire broke out at a meeting of
opposition leaders. The other activist, retired Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, was
arrested Saturday while signing copies of his new book.
Avril, an advisor to former dictators François and Jean-Claude Duvalier,
held power for 18 months after a 1988 coup, but resigned under pressure. He
now heads a rightist opposition party, Credo.
Opposition leaders said over the weekend that they won't even talk to
Aristide until he releases the two men.
None of this bodes well for today's visit by OAS Secretary General Cesar
Gaviria, who is expected to warn Aristide that he faces abandonment by the
hemispheric community unless he moves quickly to deal with last year's
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