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Lawmaker tells of murder try

By DAVID ADAMS, Times Latin America Correspondent
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 9, 2002

A Haitian legislator from the ruling Lavalas Family Party of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said he narrowly escaped assassination Tuesday while his bodyguard was shot and critically injured.

Sen. Pierre Prince told a local radio station that the incident occurred while he was attempting to mediate between feuding factions of the Lavalas Party in the southern town of Cayes Jacmel.

Prince is one of the most outspoken and independent voices in the Lavalas Party. In February he requested official protection after receiving death threats from Aristide loyalists. The threats came after he voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of another legislator, Dany Toussaint, accused of murder.

Toussaint, a former security chief for Aristide who received U.S. military training, is the focus of an investigation into the April 2000 shooting death of Haiti's top journalist, Jean Dominique.

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