10 Aides to Deposed President Manigat Released In 2 Days
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ At least 10 supporters and aides of deposed President Leslie Manigat have been released from jail in the last two days after being held for a week, Radio Haiti-Inter reported Wednesday.
Rodney Marcellus and Serge Martineau, both militants of Manigat’s National Democratic Progressive Rally and former Information Ministry employees, were released Wednesday from the political prison Fort Dimanche, the station said.
Manigat’s Information Minister Roger Savain and his son Roger Jr. were set free Tuesday, along with six others.
The Savains and two other former Manigat aides, Jean-Yves Noel and Narcaisse Lescouflair, said in an interview on state-run TV that they were well treated while in jail. It was unclear whether charges ever were filed, or whether the four - and others - were interrogated or simply locked up.
Also released Tuesday were four ex-Manigat aides identified by the Ministry of Information as U.S. citizens Robert Benodin, Frantz Jean-Louis and Jean Bogart; and Harry Carrenard, a Haitian-Canadian with dual nationality who was Manigat’s minister of social affairs.
Capt. Isidore Pongnon, commander of Fort Dimanche, told Haiti-Inter before the release of Marcellus and Martineau that ″seven or eight″ more Manigat aides still were being held, but would soon be released.
Those still under arrest include Lionel Desgranges, Manigat’s former chief of staff.
More than a dozen of Manigat’s aides and advisers, including at least three U.S. citizens, were arrested hours after Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy installed himself in the National Palace the night of June 19.
Two days earlier, Manigat fired Namphy, at the time the army’s commander- in-c hief, and placed him under house arrest for insubordination.