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Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Apparently, a deterrent, in Haiti, mobs attack two suspected kidnappers, terminate the life of one
By The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Mobs attacked two suspected kidnappers in Haiti's capital, stoning one to death, local and U.N. police said Monday.

A man blamed for kidnappings in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville was pummeled with rocks and killed late Saturday by neighbors in the seaside Cite Soleil slum, said Aristide Rosemon, a Haitian police inspector who oversees the area.

Witnesses told police that the man, who was thought to work for jailed gang boss Evens Jeune, reportedly fired a gun as stone-wielding residents surrounded him on a dark street. The shots caused no injuries.

Vigilante justice is common in Haiti, as corruption and poor policing often lead citizens to take the law into their own hands.

"The people don't believe in the justice system," Rosemon said. "Every time a gang member is arrested, he comes back."

Police were not investigating Saturday's lynching, he said.

The mob violence follows a fresh spate of kidnappings, with at least 38 people abducted in Haiti this year, including 15 in the first 11 days of February, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.

On Sunday, U.N. and Haitian police rescued a 27-year-old suspected kidnapper from a mob in downtown Port-au-Prince, Blaise said. He said he did not know whether the suspect was still in police custody.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press

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