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Haitian Lawmaker Arrested


A supporter of Haitian lawmaker Deputy Arnel Belizaire holds up a poster while waiting outside the Toussaint Louverture International Airport where Belizaire was detained by Haitian police in Port-au-Prince October 27, 2011.

A supporter of Haitian lawmaker Deputy Arnel Belizaire holds up a poster while waiting outside the Toussaint Louverture International Airport where Belizaire was detained by Haitian police in Port-au-Prince October 27, 2011.

A Haitian lawmaker has been arrested after police spotted his name on a list of inmates who escaped on the day of the island's deadly earthquake last year.

Police say Deputy Arnel Belizaire was taken into custody Thursday after he arrived in the capital, Port-Au-Prince, on a flight from France.

He was then transported to the National Penitentiary where his supporters gathered, calling for his release.

Belzaire had been in the same prison in 2005 for an illegal weapons charge before he escaped and was recaptured the same year.

He spent the next five years in the National Penitentiary before escaping during last year's earthquake.

Belizaire was elected to the Haitian Parliament in a March run off election this year as a member of the Veye Yo party.

Haitian officials have not given any details on the next legal step following Belizaire's arrest.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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