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Arrest warrants issued for suspects in Aristide corruption case

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. - FILE

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC):

Arrests warrants have been issued for suspects who did not comply with summons related to the corruption case involving former President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

Last Friday, judge Larmarre Belizaire, who is conducting the inquiry, ordered the arrest of Mirlande Liberus, Gustave Faubert, Rodnee Deschineau, Jean-Robert Esther and Max Buteau as he proceeds with a series of hearings of former allies of Aristide, who were allegedly involved in corruption, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds and other charges.

"I personally saw the warrants issued against those five people and I know the judge was trying to find DCPJ to have the police collected them," the clerk, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Haitian Caribbean News Network.

Mirlande Liberus was director of the Aristide Foundation for Democracy and reputed to have been Aristide's right-hand woman, Gustave Faubert was minister of finance under Aristide, while Jean-Robert Esther was an influential police inspector general, and Rodnee Deschineau former director general of the Haitian Popular Bank, known as BPH, through which most of the fraudulent transactions were made.

The fifth suspect, Max Buteau, has allegedly received money through the scheme set up by the Aristide administration to misappropriate public funds.