April 11, 1998 |
During his years in Haiti's brutal military regime, U.S. prosecutors say, Lt. Col. Michel-Joseph Francois built clandestine airstrips, corrupted his nation's air and seaports and generally transformed Haiti into a transshipment hub for Colombia's drug cartels. As police chief of Port-au-Prince, Francois made millions of dollars in bribes and profits in an alleged conspiracy that smuggled about 30 tons of cocaine through Haiti and into U.S.
October 5, 1994 |
Lt. Col. Michel-Joseph Francois, one of three Haitian military officers targeted for removal by the United States for their role in overthrowing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, fled the country Tuesday for the Dominican Republic. The resignation from the army and departure of a man described variously as a "killer," "thug" and "stooge" by U.S. officials, signaled an important move forward in the effort to restore Aristide and force Haiti's military dictatorship out of power. Under U.N.
September 4, 1993 |
The new democratic government began dismantling the military's propaganda apparatus Friday, halting all local current affairs programming on state radio and television. The new information minister promised to overhaul the state media, which had been controlled by officials loyal to Port-au-Prince Police Chief Michel-Joseph Francois, one of the leaders of the September, 1991, military coup that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
April 17, 1997 |
Honduran Supreme Court Judge Marco Tulio Alvarado denied a U.S. request to extradite former Haitian police chief Lt. Col. Michel-Joseph Francois, who is accused of helping Colombian cartels ferry at least 33 tons of drugs into the United States. Alvarado said U.S. authorities had failed to provide credible evidence supporting the petition for extradition. Francois is wanted by a U.S. federal court in Miami on drug-related charges. Francois could be released from prison soon if the U.S.
October 12, 1993
Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras is to resign no later than Friday as commander in chief of the 7,000-strong military as part of an accord reached last July aimed at restoring democracy to Haiti and reinstating exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Oct. 30. Although Cedras has said he will abide by his promise to retire from the army, he has done nothing to prevent anti-Aristide violence by the military and Haitian police that has terrorized the country for two months. The U.N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1998
Re "In Haiti, Wheels of Justice Turn Ever So Slowly," April 11: Isn't The Times being naive in thinking that those Haitian thugs who drove President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office will be brought to justice? Though elected by the people of Haiti, the so-called "mad priest," Aristide, had little credibility among the leading circles in the U.S. and was abhorred by his country's entrepreneurs. If Michel-Joseph Francois and Emmanuel Constant are forced to appear in a court of law, they will surely defend their actions by claiming a tie to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.