Tuesday, January 31, 2006
A jailed politically influential Roman Catholic priest diagnosed with cancer, was flown out of Haiti yesterday to receive medical treatment in the United States. The Rev Gerard Jean-Juste left Haiti two days after an appeals court ruled he should be examined by Haitian doctors to determine if he could be treated for his leukemia in Haiti It was reported that a cancer centre in Florida is to treat his leukemia, as well as the cancer and the pneumonia he contracted this week. Jean-Juste, was granted a provisional release from jail for humanitarian reasons, Jean-Juste, 59, had been in prison since July 2005 on suspicion of involvement in the killing of prominent Haitian journalist and poet Jacques Roche, but was cleared by a judge of homicide. He was however indicted on weapons possession and criminal conspiracy charges that he denies.