Thursday, May 05, 2005
Cry, the Beloved Country
US crimes in Haiti threaten the life of last elected PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - A top U.N. official in Haiti on Wednesday denounced the detention of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune as illegal and the Organization of American States offered to help end what it called a standoff with serious moral implications. Neptune, 58, has been jailed for over 10 months without appearing before a judge and began a hunger strike on April 17 that has left him dangerously weak. Haiti's constitution requires a hearing before a judge within 48 hours of arrest. Former Haitian Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert has been jailed for over a year without being formally charged.
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