Port-au-Prince.– Several close associates of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide have been accused of the murder of journalist Jean Dominique, one of the country's most notorious political assassinations.
Although the judge's investigation, released on Friday, said Aristide ordered Dominque's silence, the ex-president was not indicted. The judge instead accused nine people of having a hand in the death of Dominique and a security guard in an attack at the offices of Radio Haiti Inter in Port-au-Prince in 2000.
A former senator, Mirlande Liberus from Aristide's political party, was indicted as the organizer of the double murder, according to a summary of the judge's report made public by an Appeals Court panel on Friday.
Liberus was given the mission by Aristide to silence the popular journalist, the report said, citing witnesses who gave evidence before Judge Yvikel Dabresil. The judge did not indict Aristide as part of the conspiracy.