Judge charges 9 in slaying of prominent Haitian journalist Jean Dominique

A Haitian newspaper is reporting that nine people have been charged in the 2000 killing of a prominent journalist.

The daily Le Nouvelliste says that Judge Yvikel Dabresil submitted his findings Friday to the Court of Appeal. His report said a former senator named Mirlande Liberus Pavert was the intellectual author of the slaying of Jean Dominique.

Those charged include Pavert and singer Annette Auguste.

Dominique and a security guard were gunned down on April 3, 2000 at the journalist's radio station, Radio Haiti Inter.

The case's politically sensitive nature has resulted in it dragging on for years, with judges coming and going, and one fleeing Haiti for his safety.

The case was revived last year when former presidents Rene Preval and Jean-Bertrand Aristide went separately before the judge to answer questions.