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Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A Haitian gang leader wanted by U.S. and French authorities on kidnapping and
homicide charges has been arrested in the Dominican Republic after years on the
run, Dominican authorities announced Wednesday.
|A notorious Haitian lethal gang leader, Amaral
Duclona, who is wanted by U.S., French authorities, is captured
|By Ramon Almanzar, AP Writer
Amaral Duclona was captured Tuesday in the eastern Dominican town of La Romana,
where he was living under a pseudonym, drug control agency spokesman Roberto
|Finally, one of the many lethal chief bandits, Amaral Duclona, is
secured chains. (wehaitians.com/file)
France is seeking the extradition of the 31-year-old suspect in the killing of
an honorary French consul in Haiti's northern port city of Cap-Haitien.
Paul-Henri Mourral was reportedly pulled from his car and executed by a group of
armed men in May 2005 on the outskirts of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Duclona was considered a powerful gang leader in the sprawling oceanside
shantytown of Cite Soleil, whose followers fought with U.N. peacekeepers in the
chaotic years following the 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
He defied attempts to disarm, capture or kill him as authorities brought down
other gang leaders. Militant Aristide supporters hailed Duclona as a resistance
leader, while United States and France sought him on charges of kidnapping and
murder. Duclona has denied criminal ties.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, Sophie Boutaud de la
Combe said the arrest was a positive development in Haiti, where crimes often go
unpunished. French Embassy spokesman Milton Orozco had no comment.
When former Aristide ally Rene Preval won the presidency in 2006, he ordered
Duclona to disarm, but the gang leader refused. A year later, he escaped a raid
on his home by U.N. troops that resulted in the arrest of 17 other gang members.
More than 200 slum dwellers protested the raid, saying Duclona had provided them
with food and security.
Cite Soleil is now patrolled by Brazilian soldiers and U.N. police, and a large
base for Haitian police was built with funds from a $20 million Pentagon
initiative to strengthen government institutions in the slum.
___ Associated Press Writer Jonathan M. Katz contributed to this report from
|Wehaitians.com, the scholarly journal of
democracy and human rights