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a279: BBC: Haiti: Mayor in northern commune is shot dead, allegedlyby an FL deputy (fwd)




From: Robert Benodin <r.benodin@worldnet.att.net>

Haiti: Mayor in northern commune is shot dead, allegedly by an FL deputy
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Jan 8, 2002


The president of the municipal council of the commune of Saint Raphael, in
the north, Fernand Severe, was killed on the night of 6 January [allegedly]
by the deputy of the region, Jocelyn Saint-Louis.
Mayor Severe was shot 17 times with a submachine gun. Supporters of the
mayor then shot the deputy's nephew in reprisal. According to some
residents, the deputy and mayor were arguing during a dance held at a place
called Bonapite.
The police are looking for Deputy Jocelyn Saint-Louis, who reportedly fled.
He is a member of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas Family [FL]
party, as was the murdered mayor.
In several regions of the country relations are tense between mayors and
parliamentarians, as well as within municipal councils.
Source: Metropole radio web site, Port-au-Prince, in French 1541 gmt 7 Jan
02
/BBC Monitoring/  BBC.