Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Ja: I know nothink!

OUSTED HAITIAN president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has disavowed all knowledge of the illegal activities allegedly performed by his ex-security chief Orel Jean during his employ in Aristide's administration.

Orel Jean was arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport last week after getting off a flight from the Dominican Republic. According to an article published in the Toronto Sun, Jean was in a holding cell after being detained while travelling with his wife, carrying US$17,000 in cash and a cheque for about US$300,000. He has since been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

"I have raised the issue in discussions with him, and Mr. Aristide said that the gentleman is merely a former employee and at the time of his arrest, he was no longer in his employ," Huntley Medley, the ex-president's local media liaison, told The Gleaner yesterday.
In the past, the United States had often described Haiti, the impoverished Caribbean nation of eight million, as a 'path of minimal resistance' for narco-traffickers due to weak democratic institutions, corrupt officials and a fledgling police force.


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