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FORMER AIDE TO COUP LEADERS GUNNED DOWN IN HAITI CAPITAL

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) A former top official of Haiti's 1991 military coup government was machine-gunned to death Tuesday on a busy street in downtown Port-au-Prince.

A companion riding with Mireille Durocher Bertin, a prominent lawyer, also was killed when gunmen in a taxi opened fire on her car on Pouplard Avenue, said a Canadian police officer at the scene. The attackers escaped.

Ms. Bertin was chief of staff in the military-installed government formed by President Emile Jonassaint after the army overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. She also advised army leader Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras and capital police chief Michel Francois.

A U.S.-led multinational force restored Aristide to power last October.

Last week, Ms. Bertin announced the formation of a new opposition party called the Movement to Integrate the Nation.

Ms. Bertin, who was 35 and had four children, made many enemies after Aristide's ouster by offering legal arguments to justify the coup leaders' cause.

Ms. Bertin's passenger was identified as Junior Baillerjeaux, a client of Ms. Bertin's husband, Jean. No other details about him were available.

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