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a185 Miami detainee back in hospital (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Published Sunday, December 30, 2001
Miami detainee back in hospital
Haitian police removed him
BY PAUL BRINKLEY-ROGERS
Miami businessman Antoine ``Tony'' Saati, detained by Haitian police for
alleged involvement in a recent failed coup, was resting in a Port-au-Prince
hospital on Saturday after being taken from his sick bed to another night in
jail on Friday.
Gina Saati said her brother ``is a borderline diabetic.'' She said he
managed to get a message out of Fort Dimanche Delmas 33 prison -- ``one of
the worst places any American could be held,'' she said -- saying, ``Please
bring medical help.''
Tony Saati, who has denied any connection with the violent coup attempt on
Haiti's presidential palace Dec. 17, was arrested Dec. 20. Saati, CEO of the
Miami-based export-import firm One World Corp., says he went to Haiti three
weeks ago to serve legal papers on former employee and friend, Eddy Deeb.
Deeb, a member of a politically influential family with close ties to
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was not available for comment. The Haitian
National Police did not return phone calls asking for an update on the case.
The U.S. Embassy, which has sent consular officials to the jail to check on
Saati, a U.S. citizen, did not respond to telephone calls Saturday. Saati
told The Herald on Friday that he is more angry at American officials for
not demanding his release than he is at the Haitian government.
In a suit filed in Miami circuit court, One World claimed Deeb, his brother
Robert Deeb and their Robico Inc. firm forged documents to gain control over
car tires and other goods owned by One World and destined for the Dominican
Gina Saati has claimed that the arrest of her brother was a move by the Deeb
family to dissuade him from pursuing his case in a Haitian court. She said a
Haitian judge, who the Haiti-born Tony Saati hoped would order his release,
failed to keep an appointment on Friday for a hearing. Five lawyers retained
by her family had not been able to find other judges willing to hear their
appeals on behalf of Saati, Gina Saati said.
A nurse at the L'Hpital du Canapé Vert, said Saati had been returned to the
hospital and ``is sleeping.''
He was hospitalized earlier in the week after supposedly accidentally
drinking from a bottle of Pine Sol in his 8-foot-by-9-foot prison cell,
which he said he was sharing with 14 other people, including two pregnant
Gina Saati said the five policemen who took her brother from the hospital to
jail at 3 p.m. Friday did not show a court order and did not obtain a
``The hospital gave him a diuretic'' to help him expel the Pine Sol from his
body, she said, ``but at the prison, they would not allow him to use the
``He started getting very nervous'' at the jail, she said, after talking to
people in Haiti she has hired to help her brother.
``He started losing it, telling everyone he was not well. A doctor came to
the jail and gave him a tranquilizer, but his body started acting up because
he was having a bad reaction to it. The police got scared, and so they took
him back to the hospital.
``The stress is getting to him, more than anything else . . . My brother is
not a political person. He is an intellectual
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