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Two suspects arrested for Gonaïves radio station manager's murder

(RSF/IFEX) - Another gang member, Bernard Joseph, was arrested on 20 November 2007 in connection with the 16 May murder of Alix Joseph, manager and programme host of Radio-Télé Provinciale, in the northwestern city of Gonaïves.

Bernard Joseph was arrested in Port-au-Prince, "where he sought refuge in the hope of escaping prosecution," Gonaïves police commissioner Ernst Bouquet Dorfeuille said. He is alleged to be a member of the "Cannibal Army," a feared Gonaïves-based gang that became an opposition militia when Jean-Bertrand Aristide was president.

Assisted by the peacekeepers of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the police previously arrested another gang leader, Remilien "Ti Nasson" Emmanuel, in connection with the murder and a wanted notice has been issued for a third suspect, Jerry Bien-Aimé.

The motive for Alix Joseph's murder has still not been established. He was shot three times.

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