Former Haitian leader placed under house arrest on corruption charges
Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is now under house arrest, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by Judge Lamarre Belizaire investigating acts of corruption, money laundering , smuggling of drugs, blamed on the ex-leader and a number of his allies, when he led the Caribbean country between 2001 and 2004, judicial sources told HCNN on Tuesday.
The residence of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 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 judge Belizaire’s ruling.
The investigating judge characterized the new ruling as part of precautionary measures to ensure that the accused, Aristide, remain available for judicial authorities and that he can be brought to the judge’s office, as needed, to be heard.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide and dozens of his allies are prosecuted for having embezzled and laundered hundreds of millions of dollars between 2001 and 2004.