The Miami Herald
September 30, 2001

Ten years after coup, Aristide speaks of 'army terrorism'

 GONAIVES, Haiti -- (AP) -- President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marked the 10th anniversary of the coup that forced him into exile by proclaiming it an act of "terrorism'' and urging the United States to extradite a paramilitary leader accused of involvement in the bloodshed that followed.

 Speaking to a crowd of thousands that filled Independence Square in the western city Gonaives Saturday, Aristide revealed that after years of requests, the United States finally had turned over documents seized by U.S. forces in 1994 that detail paramilitary involvement in the 1991 coup.

 Aristide urged the United States to extradite accused paramilitary death squad leader Emmanuel ``Toto'' Constant, who lives in exile in New York and was sentenced in absentia to life in prison last year for his role in a 1994 massacre.

 Constant led the right-wing Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti, or FRAPH, which allegedly led a reign of terror to break the spirit of Aristide supporters after the coup.

 Haiti's government has said the seized documents involving FRAPH include photographs of victims and could contain evidence of U.S. intelligence connections to
 Constant's group.