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HAITI OFFICIALS WANT TO PUT ARISTIDE ON TRIAL FOR TREASON

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Haiti's military-led government wants to put deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on trial for treason.

Haitian Justice Ministry officials Thursday began a process that amounts to ordering government prosecutors to prepare formal charges against Aristide and the Haitian ambassador to the United Nations, Fritz Longchamps.A Ministry of Information spokesman said the action was based upon the U.N. resolution approved Sunday that authorizes the use of force to oust Haiti's military leadership and restore the exiled Aristide, who was overthrown in a 1991 coup.

Aristide had earlier written a letter to the United Nations asking for "swift and decisive action" in Haiti, which was taken to signify his approval of an American-led military intervention. His opponents charged that amounted to treason, since he's constitutionally bound to uphold Haiti's territorial integrity.

The ousted president has acknowledged he can't outright call for an invasion, since that would risk his impeachment.

There was no indication when a trial might be held.

Earlier Thursday, authorities deported an American TV crew and the military-appointed government of President Emile Jonassaint reaffirmed its commitment to hold elections soon.

The three journalists were paraded through the capital's streets in an open pickup truck, then dumped at the border with the Dominican Republic.

Military police and civilian auxiliaries stared at the journalists as they were forced to wait for documents outside police headquarters, which human rights groups have considered a torture center since the 1991 coup.