Jean-Bertrand Aristide Facing Money Laundering, Corruption Probe

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News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Aug. 8, 2014: Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has reportedly been banned from leaving Haiti following a probe into money laundering, corruption and drug trafficking.

Judge Lamarre Belizaire is reportedly in charge of the query, according to Port-au-Prince civil court judge Raymond Jean Michel.

Michel was quoted by AFP news agency as saying the prode dated back to 2006 and 2007 and a dozen people including several Aristide associates, as well as former dignitaries of his regime have been summoned for questioning.

“There are two cases concerning former president Aristide at the court related to money laundering, corruption and the illicit drug trafficking,” AFP quoted him as saying.

Aristide , Haiti’s first democratically elected leader, was voted president twice, in 1990 and in 2000. However, he was ousted by two coups during his tenure.

He returned to his homeland in March 2011.

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