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Franck Romain, the former mayor of Port-au-Prince widely accused of organizing a massacre of church worshipers, has left Haiti after being holed up for three months in the Dominican Republic’s embassy. The Haitian Information Ministry said he received a safe-conduct pass from the military government of Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril. Romain reportedly is in the Dominican Republic now. Allegedly a leading member of the dreaded Tontons Macoutes secret police, Romain was granted political asylum at the Dominican Embassy after the Sept. 17 coup that brought Avril to power. He is believed to have organized a Sept. 11 terror attack on a Roman Catholic church that killed at least 12 people and helped spark the coup.


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