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Ex-Dictator Arrested Moments After Release

April 17, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Police arrested Haiti's former military dictator Prosper Avril at the gate of the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, the capital, minutes after he was released from prison.

Avril, who was president from 1988 to 1990, was freed by an appeals court that found that the government had acted arbitrarily and illegally when it arrested him last year for plotting a coup.

He now is charged with complicity in the 1990 slayings of about a dozen peasants by soldiers.

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