Jacques Roche’s handcuffed body was found in a chair on a Port-au-Prince street on 14 July 2005. He had been shot several times
and his body bore the signs of torture.
A literary critic and the editor of the daily Le Matin’s arts and culture section, he had been kidnapped four days before as he was driving in a car in the Nazon district of Port-au-Prince. His abductors had told his family he would be killed if a 250,000 dollar ransom was not paid for his release.