WASHINGTON: Haitian police killed several unarmed inmates in a prison in Les Cayes, one week after the January 12 earthquake, and blamed the massacre on a prison ringleader, The New York Times reported after investigating the deaths.
According to a confidential UN report and testimony of former inmates, prison workers and relatives of the deceased, the newspaper said the prisoners were not armed at the time, were made to lie down and were shot.
Police said they found the bodies after storming the prison to quell a riot and blamed the murders on a ringleader, Ti Mousson, who they claim shot fellow inmates who refused to join him in fleeing the compound.
Mousson is now at large, the daily said.
The alleged police massacre took place one week after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and its surroundings, killing as many as 300,000 people, but left Les Cayes largely unscathed if with its population unnerved.