Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Former Haitian president placed under house arrest on corruption charges

AristidePORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is now under house arrest, according to a ruling issued on Tuesday by Judge Lamarre Belizaire investigating allegations of corruption, money laundering and drugs smuggling, blamed on the former leader and a number of his allies, when he led the Caribbean country between 2001 and 2004, judicial sources told HCNN on Tuesday.

Aristide’s residence in the district of Tabarre will be surrounded by agents of the prison administration, known as APENA, while the perimeter of the residence will be guarded by agents of the Central Department of the Judicial Police (DCPJ), according to Belizaire's ruling.

The investigating judge characterized the new ruling as part of precautionary measures to ensure that Aristide remains available for judicial authorities and that he can be brought to the judge's office, as needed, to be interviewed.

Aristide and dozens of his relatives are under investigation on suspicion of having embezzled and laundered hundreds of millions of dollars between 2001 and 2004.

By Joseph Guyler C. Delva

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