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Top Rebel, a Convicted Killer, Surrenders to Police in Haiti

A rebel leader who is also a convicted murderer gave himself up to the police on Thursday in an elaborately choreographed surrender.

The leader, Louis-Jodel Chamblain, turned himself in after weeks of speculation about how firmly the United States-backed interim government would deal with rebel chiefs linked to atrocities. Proclaiming his innocence and predicting he would be acquitted in a new trial, Mr. Chamblain told reporters that his surrender signified his confidence in the new government. “I make myself a prisoner so that Haiti can have a chance for the real democracy I have been fighting for,” he said at a news conference at a hotel in Pétionville, a hillside suburb of the capital. “That is why today I am sacrificing myself.” Full Story

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