Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti In Turmoil

The Saga of �Toto� Constant By Sewell Chan The New York Times May 23, 2007 A Brooklyn judge�s decision yesterday to hold Emmanuel Constant � a onetime paramilitary leader and C.I.A. informer � for further jail time on grand larceny charges underscores the sad and bizarre aspects of a complex legal case that spans Haiti and the United States and has caught the attention of human and civil rights advocates in both countries. The paradox is this: In the 1990s, when Mr. Constant was living in Queens, the United States declined to honor an extradition request from Haiti, where Mr. Constant faces charges of brutalizing and killing supporters of the onetime president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Now, 10 years later, with Mr. Constant having pleaded guilty to charges of mortgage fraud, the United States wants to deport him � but Haiti�s justice […]

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