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Originally: Haiti’s Interim Government Sues Aristide


MIAMI  — Haiti’s interim government filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accusing him of stealing millions from the Haitian treasury and state-owned telephone company.


The civil lawsuit, filed by several law firms representing the Haitian government, alleges that Aristide and eight co-defendants broke U.S. law in transferring stolen public funds and revenues from Haiti Teleco.


”The misappropriated funds were frequently diverted and laundered through fictitious companies, established for this purpose by Aristide and his accomplices, both in Haiti and the United States,” the lawsuit claims. ”Aristide and his accomplices stole tens of millions of dollars from the public treasury and transferred a portion of those funds to the United States.”


A message left late Wednesday for Aristide’s Miami attorney, Ira Kurzban, was not immediately returned.


Aristide has been living in South Africa since his ouster in February 2004 in an armed rebellion.


The suit was based on evidence gathered by Haiti’s government.


MIAMI (AP) — Haiti’s interim government filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accusing him of stealing millions from the Haitian treasury and state-owned telephone company.


The civil lawsuit, filed by several law firms representing the Haitian government, alleges that Aristide and eight co-defendants broke U.S. law in transferring stolen public funds and revenues from Haiti Teleco.


”The misappropriated funds were frequently diverted and laundered through fictitious companies, established for this purpose by Aristide and his accomplices, both in Haiti and the United States,” the lawsuit claims. ”Aristide and his accomplices stole tens of millions of dollars from the public treasury and transferred a portion of those funds to the United States.”


A message left late Wednesday for Aristide’s Miami attorney, Ira Kurzban, was not immediately returned.


Aristide has been living in South Africa since his ouster in February 2004 in an armed rebellion.


The suit was based on evidence gathered by Haiti’s government.