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Fri May 11, 2012, 01:29 AM

Uruguayan judge questions young Haitian man about alleged abuse by UN peacekeepers

Source: Associated Press

Uruguayan judge questions young Haitian man about alleged abuse by UN peacekeepers
By Associated Press, Published: May 10

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — A 19-year-old Haitian man who has accused six former U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay of sexually abusing him in the poor Caribbean country presented evidence to a judge Thursday, and authorities now have about two months to decide whether the case merits a trial.

During a closed-door hearing in Uruguay’s capital, the Haitian identified the suspects, answered questions from the judge and received a medical examination, court spokesman Raul Oxandabarat said.

“It’s not a penal trial but an inquiry to investigate alleged rape of this young man in Haiti,” the spokesman said.

The man, whose case has further inflamed Haitian opposition to the continued presence of a U.N. peacekeeping force, entered the courtroom in the afternoon.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/uruguayan-judge-questions-young-haitian-man-about-alleged-abuse-by-un-peacekeepers/2012/05/10/gIQAiVqtGU_story.html

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