Indicted head of Haitian kidnapping ring freed

April 18, 2015 1:54 AM

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A Port-au-Prince restaurateur and accused kidnapper with close ties to the presidential family has been freed from a Haitian prison a month after he and 13 others were indicted on various crimes — including murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and running a kidnapping ring.

Woodly Ethéart, aka Sonson Lafamilia, was freed late Friday after a trial that lasted about two hours, said the head of Haiti’s leading human rights group. Lamarre Bélizaire, a controversial investigative judge who has been accused in the past of doing the government’s bidding, threw out the indictm...

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