Monday, July 18, 2005
The tortured body of a Haitian journalist was found tied to a chair in the Haitian capital, five days after he was abducted, police said.
The man, Jacques Roche, was seized from his car by armed men. Kidnappers later demanded a 250,000-dollar ransom and refused an offer of 40,000 dollars from Roche's family.
The body had been burned, beaten and handcuffed, and there was a bullet wound in the arm, according to journalists who saw the body in a road in Port-au-Prince last Thursday.
Roche worked for Le Matin newspaper as a literary critic and was co-presenter of a show on Radio Ibo. He had presented a show on national television for dozens of civil groups that contributed to the downfall of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide in February 2004.