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The Nation

Three Haitian soldiers were charged with air piracy and ordered held without bail for forcing their way onto a New York-bound American Airlines jet over the weekend while brandishing automatic weapons. The soldiers, Nicolas Normil, 23, Jean Charleston Bienaime, 23, and Edouine Noel, 24, pleaded innocent before U.S. Magistrate Allyne Ross in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. The three boarded the A-300 Airbus at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, just before its scheduled flight to New York. In negotiations before takeoff, the three agreed to surrender their weapons once the plane departed.


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