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Haitian Militant Accuses President Aristide of Wrongly Jailing Him - 2002-08-04

A Haitian political militant and gang leader who escaped from prison has accused the country's president of wrongly putting him in jail.

Amiot Metayer, a former ally of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, told journalists Saturday that he was kidnapped by the order of the president. In an interview with the Associated Press wire service, he said the future of Haiti is what he called "a Haiti without Aristide."

Mr. Metayer, who has a large following in the coastal city of Gonaives, escaped from prison Friday when dozens of his gang members, wielding machine guns, attacked the jail with a bulldozer.

Mr. Metayer was arrested on July 2 on charges of burning down houses of a rival gang. He has denied the charges.