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|Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2007
|U.N. troops in Haiti terminate, by way of fatal shots, the life
of notorious, contagious gang leader
|By Stevenson Jacobs, Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian police on Tuesday
killed a suspected gang leader wanted in the kidnap-slaying of a French businessman.
Charles Junior Acdelhy was shot to death after he opened fire on Brazilian peacekeepers
and police as they tried to arrest him during an early morning raid in Port-au-Prince's
notorious Cite Soleil slum, UN spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said. No
peacekeepers or police were injured.
Acdelhy, known as Yoyo Piman, was accused of helping lead a Cite Soleil gang blamed for
a wave of kidnappings and killings that engulfed the impoverished Caribbean country after
the bloody 2004 uprising of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Acdelhy was wanted on international warrants for homicide, kidnapping and criminal
conspiracy, Boutaud said, including the January 2004 abduction and killing of
Claude-Bernard Lauture, a French businessman of Haitian descent.
Boutaud said peacekeepers had surrounded a section of Cite Soleil when Acdelhy ran out
and began shooting. She said peacekeepers warned Acdelhy to put down his gun before they
shot him "in legitimate self defence."
The 8,800-strong, Brazil-led UN peacekeeping force once waged daily gunbattles with
armed gangs in Cite Soleil, Haiti's largest and poorest slum, but has seen the number of
confrontations fall sharply since a UN gang offensive earlier this year that left several
top gang leaders dead or in jail.
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