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Convicted Haitian Assassin Surrenders

Proclaiming his innocence, convicted assassin and rebel commander Louis-Jodel Chamblain surrendered to justice officials Thursday. To the cheers of supporters, Chamblain walked into a jail after holding a news conference at a hotel in suburban Petionville. He was accompanied by Haiti’s interim Justice Minister Bernard Gousse and police officials. “I am ready to give myself up as a prisoner — to give Haiti a chance so we can build this democracy I have been fighting for,” Chamblain told reporters. Chamblain said his conviction was politically motivated, and he was confident a new trial would vindicate him. He also urged others accused of crimes, including members of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas party, to turn themselves in. Full Story

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