Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide was the subject of an assassination attempt earlier this evening, following gunshots attack of his caravan, as the former president was leaving a courthouse, a few kilometers away from the National Palace.
Aristide was unhurt, but one of his security personnels was wounded, as well as one of the hundreds of supporters that were following his caravan, who later responded by throwing rocks and other objects.
Aristide, whom rarely makes any public appearances since his return from exile in South Africa in 2011, after he was overthrown in a coup in 2004, was accompanied with his security details and a few former ministers under his government at the courthouse; he was summoned by Judge Jean Wilner Morin, to appear as witness in a money laundering case involving, Anthony Nazaire, former police chief and close relative of the former President. Aristide answered questions for two hours.
"This is an assassination attempt against President Aristide that occurred a few kilometers away from the National Palace." former Lavalas Senator, Yvon Feuille, said an a telephone interview. Feuille also confirmed that the incident took place at 14:30 local time.
In 1991, Aristide became the first democratically elected president of Haiti, but months later he was overthrown by the army, forced into exile and returned to power three years later.
The ex catholic priest, whom his supporters called "Titid," was reelected in 2001 but was overthrown by an armed revolt in 2004, led by Guy Philippe, a Senator-elect whom on January was arrested and extradited to the United States on drug and money laundering charges.