PRINCE PORT.-The United States deported the former paramilitary leader to Haiti on Tuesday Emmanuel Constant, to respond to charges of murder and torture stemming from massacres in the 1990s.
Already in the Caribbean nation, Constant did not comment when he got into a police vehicle that took him for interrogation.
Constant was among 24 deported migrants who arrived in Port-au-Prince on the fourth flight of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic began, said the director of the Haitian migration office, Jean Negot Bonheur Delva.
Human rights groups have accused Constant of killing and torturing Haitians when he was leader of the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti after the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991.
They say that between 1991 and 1994, the group led by Constant spread terror and massacred slum dwellers who were loyal to Aristide. When he returned to power in 1994, Constant fled to the United States.
His deportation was ordered in 1995, but he was allowed to remain in the United States due to instability in Haiti.
Constant led a demure life with family in Queens, New York. In 2006 he was arrested and found guilty of fraud and aggravated robbery.
In October 2008, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a $ 1.7 million mortgage fraud. Constant has repeatedly said that he was on the CIA payroll, that he is a scapegoat and that he would be killed if he was returned to Haiti.
There were no supporters or enemies awaiting his return when he landed in Port-au-Prince.
— AP to eldia.com.do