The Star (Jamaica)

Dom Republic diplomat apparently kidnapped in Haiti

- SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP):

Adiplomat from the Dominican Republic apparently has been kidnapped in neighbouri­ng Haiti, prompting Dominican authoritie­s to call for his safe release.

The local newspaper, El Dia, reported yesterday that the government also had beefed up its military presence on the border, though officials did not immediatel­y have any comment on that.

The Dominican government said in a weekend statement that Carlos Guillén Tatis, the agricultur­e counsellor at its embassy in Port-au-Prince, apparently was kidnapped on Friday while travelling towards a border crossing.

Ambassador Faruk Miguel Castillo said Guillén Tatis apparently was kidnapped in the Croix-des-Bouquets district of the Haitian capital. That area is a stronghold of the 400 Mawozo gang that kidnapped 17 people from a US missionary group in October and held most of them until December.

Dominican authoritie­s said they had given Haitian police evidence from the diplomat’s mobile telephone that indicated he’d been kidnapped.

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