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17945: (Chamberlain) Haitian Massacre (fwd)
From: Greg Chamberlain <GregChamberlain@compuserve.com>
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan 14 (AP) -- A former Haitian military officer linked
to human rights violations in his homeland was arrested Wednesday and will
be deported, federal officials said Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Jean-Claude Duperval has been connected to the April 1994
massacre in the Haitian beach-front community of Raboteau.
In the raid, soldiers and paramilitary personnel burst into dozens of
homes, beating and arresting people. Those who fled to the sea were shot.
No one knows how many people were killed because soldiers prevented the
victims' families from retrieving bodies.
Duperval entered the United States in 1995 as a visitor, lived in
Orlando and worked for Walt Disney World's watercraft department until
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday that
Duperval has exhausted all legal avenues for relief and will be removed
from the country.
Formerly second-in-command in Haiti, Duperval was one of the leaders of
the 1991 coup that overthrew Haitian President Jean Bertrand-Aristide. When
Aristide returned to power in 1994, Duperval briefly served as interim army
commander until he was replaced and transferred to a diplomatic post in
Duperval is the fifth person arrested by immigration agents in Florida
with links to the Raboteau massacre. Three others have been removed from
the United States. Immigration officials said the fourth is being detained
and will be removed.