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Haitian Radio Personality Shot to Death

February 19, 1991

MIAMI (AP) _ A Haitian radio personality known for his political views and needling of listeners was shot to death as he left a nightclub.

Jean Claude Olivier, 47, was attacked Monday as he walked to his car, police said.

Sgt. David Rivero said Tuesday there is no known motive for the shooting. There was no sign of robbery.

But a broadcasting partner said Olivier’s opinions might have cost him his life.

″There were people who called the radio station with threats. I have the tapes,″ Johnny Cesaire said.

Olivier used the name Division Star on the program Radyo Pep-la, or Radio of the People. Radyo Pep-la, a mix of music, news, humor and audience calls - often about Haitian politics - is broadcast weekdays over station WLQY-AM.

Olivier supported National Alliance for Democracy candidate Marc Bazin in last year’s Haitian presidential campaign and poked fun at callers who objected.

After the election Olivier defended the winner, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But the threats increased, Cesaire said.

The Rev. Fritz Bazin, an Episcopal priest in Miami, said he doubts that politics had anything to do with the slaying. Bazin is a brother of the defeated presidential candidate Bazin and chairman of the Florida chapter of the National Alliance.

″No one expected that anything could have happened because of his radio. He was such a funny fellow,″ the priest said. ″He had this unique ability to make all the sides accept him.″

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