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Aristide supporters clash with UN troop

Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Supporters of former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide have clashed with United Nations troops amid fears he would be arrested for failing to obey an investigating judge’s order to appear in court earlier this week.

Aristide had been summoned to appear before Judge Lamarre Belizaire to answer charges relating to acts of corruption, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds, criminal conspiracy, among other accusations.

However, Aristide's lawyer said his client did not go to court because he did not receive the summons.

Aristide and several of his former colleagues have been accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from the State through his organisation, the Aristide for Democracy Foundation and other organisations during the period 2001-2004.

Haiti's Justice Minister Jean-Renel Sanon is denying allegations of political persecutions saying the government has nothing to do with judicial proceedings engaged against the former president.

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