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Kidnapped Haitian journalist found shot to death
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-15 10:56:11

   ĦĦHAVANA, July 14 (Xinhuanet) -- A famous Haitian journalist was found shot to death on Thursday, five days after his kidnapping, said reports from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

    The police found the body of Jacques Roche, who was in charge of the culture section of Le Matin newspaper and also a popular compere of a talk show program on local TV station, in central areas of the capital, reports said.

    The body was handcuffed and five or six bullet holes could be seen on the body, reports said.

    According to the reports, abductors kidnapped Roche on Sunday morning when Roche was driving his car in the city. They had contacted with Roche's family for several times to negotiate the ransom.

    However, Interim Culture Minister Magalie Comeau-Denis said supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristride were involved in the murder, though she provided no evidence.

    Roche, 40, was a member of Group 184, an independent civil organization that was very active in ousting Aristide in February last year.

    He is the first journalist who has been kidnapped and killed in Haiti in recent years. Enditem

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