Son of Haitian Coup Plotter Slain in Honduras

Latin American Herald-Tribune | February 6, 2011

TEGUCIGALPA – The son of a former Haitian police chief living in exile in Honduras after taking part in coup plots in his homeland was killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, authorities said Friday.

Law student Jean-Michel François was hurled from a moving vehicle Thursday night in the city’s Medina neighborhood and died hours later at a nearby hospital, prosecutor’s office spokesman Elvis Guzman told Efe.

The young man died of injuries received during a beating, Guzman said.

His father, former Port-au-Prince police chief Joseph Michel François, runs an appliance business in San Pedro Sula, where he arrived in 1996 after being expelled from the Dominican Republic – Haiti’s neighbor – for plotting against the Haitian government.

The Honduran Supreme Court subsequently rejected requests to extradite François to the United States, where he was wanted on drug charges, and Haiti, which sought to try the erstwhile cop in connection with a 1994 massacre carried out by the regime of Gen. Raoul Cedras.

Joseph François took part in Cedras’ 1991 coup against then-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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