The son of one of Haiti's prominent families is being questioned by police following reports that he was involved in a kidnapping ring.
Clifford Brandt was locked up Monday on suspicion of involvement in kidnapping two children of another family in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Brandt, who runs a car dealership, is the son Fritz Brandt, head of a prominent Haitian family that has extensive holdings in export-import businesses.
Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Brandt took investigators to the place where the children were being held. The children were subsequently freed by the police.
According to media reports, the police also held two alleged accomplices suspected of driving a Toyota Land Cruiser to carry out the kidnapping. The two suspects were caught as they tried to cross the border into the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
Secretary of State for Public Security Reginald Delva told a local radio station that the kidnapper demanded more than US$2 million for the release of the two abducted children.
Brandt's lawyer, Delatour Calixte, said although his client led the police to where the children were being held Brandt did not play a role in the kidnapping. Calixte suggested Brandt may have organised their "removal" in a family dispute.
"Removing a person is not the same thing as kidnapping: There's a difference between kidnapping and a personal problem ... . I have to say one thing: Mr. Brandt was never involved in kidnapping," said Calixte.