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Popular Haitian Priest and Activist Dies

Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste had been battling leukemia



    Popular Haitian Priest and Activist Dies
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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - APRIL 30: Father Gerard Jean-Juste holds up a fruit at Saint Clare's church rectory April 30, 2008 in Port au Prince, Haiti. The church, headed by Father Gerard Jean-Juste served about 1,000 people a day.

    An attorney for the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste says the beloved and influential Haitian priest, who fought for immigrant
    rights in the U.S., has died.

    Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban said the 62-year-old Jean-Juste died Wednesday afternoon in a Miami area hospital. The Catholic
    priest suffered from leukemia but the cause of death was not immediately clear.

    Jean-Juste founded the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami in the late 1970s. He later returned to Haiti and spoke out against a coup
    that forced then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office. He was arrested in 2005 on what international human rights groups
    called politically motivated charges, before eventually being released for medical treatment in the U.S. All charges against him
    were later dropped.