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Haitian Groups Demand Justice in 'Toto' Trial

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Haitian activist groups rallied outside the State Supreme Court earlier today in protest of the trial of Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, the former leader of the Haitian government's paramilitary group, FRAPH, the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti.

They are accused of overseeing the torture and massacre of thousands of Haitians in the early 90's.

Constant's trail for grand larceny and mortgage fraud began today.

Barbara Victome, the director of the Haitian activist group, Dwa Fanm, says she wants to see justice for all of Constant's victims.

VICTOME: We're asking that he get's the maximum sentence possible - and eventually for him to go back to Haiti and answer for all the atrocious crimes. Those many woman who have been tortured, raped, and murdered under his death squad.

REPORTER: Victome says if Constant is deported and not convicted, he would be able to evade justice.

He has lived freely in Queens for 10 years, until his arrest in 2006.

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