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Haitian police officers jailed

Published:Friday | January 20, 2012 | 9:53 AM

Seven Haitian police officers have been jailed for their part in the killing of at least 10 prisoners in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

The officers were found guilty of murder and attempted murder for firing on inmates during a prison riot in the city of Les Cayes.

They were given sentences ranging from two to seven years with hard labour.

An eighth officer was found guilty in absentia.

Six others were cleared of criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Human rights activists have welcomed the outcome as a rare victory in the fight against impunity.

Some activists called the trial an unusual event in Haiti, where the justice system is limited and public officials accused of abuses are rarely held to account.