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PORT-AU-PRINCE.– An probe of former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide's administration turned up evidence of embezzlement and other irregularities, according to a report by the country's central economic and financial investigation agency.  

The agency demanded that Aristide, currently in exile in South Africa, and his former government ministers be called to testify about "assets stemming from drug trafficking and other serious offenses, the extraction of public funds, abuse of authority, misappropriation of funds and corruption involving government officials."  

The investigation found that nearly 127 million dollars were spent by the administration between 2001 and 2004, above and beyond the budget, and there were irregularities in spending in the presidential accounts.  

In July, another probe also found evidence of corruption and embezzlement within Aristide's administration, noting that nearly 20 million dollars in public funds had been diverted to private accounts in Haiti and the United States between February 2001 and February 2004.

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Written by: Colette Jacques, 1 Nov 2005 10:16 PM
From: New- York USA
Are unfortunate is it that the people of Haiti have been waiting for so long for change; Jn Bertharnd who claimed to be the Rep of the Poorest. Nothing but damages. This misplacement of funds why when the people of Haiti are still in great poverty. How could Aristide sleep at night when Haiti is 100 times worse when he fisrt took power. Aristide most be asked many questions to clarify the Who help him the why this is done. He must not be afraid to say the thruth. We are waiting!
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