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Rep. Waters Calls For Release of Ex-Haitian PM

HeadlineMar 09, 2005

In news from Haiti, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has called on Haitian officials to immediately release the country’s former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. Neptune has been jailed since June and has been detained without trial. He is one of hundreds of imprisoned supporters of the ousted Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup a year ago. Waters met with Neptune earlier this week and said his health is deteriorating. He began a hunger strike 16 days ago. Waters said, “He is in a weakened position and I do not believe that he can continue this fast without causing his death.” The country’s former interior minister Jocelerme Privert, is also on a hunger strike. He has been jailed since April.

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