Dominican officials say ex-official in Haiti plot

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The justice minister in the Dominican Republic has accused a former military officer of involvement in an alleged plot to destabilize the government of neighboring Haiti.

Radhames Jimenez says retired army Col. Pedro Julio Goico has been caught on a recorded telephone conversation instructing a Haitian accomplice to help discredit Haiti President Michel Martelly, and ultimately force him from office. Jimenez declined to discuss a potential motive or to say whether he is pursuing criminal charges.

Jimenez disclosed the alleged plot at a news conference Thursday with Haitian Justice Minister Michel Brunache.

Goico was an aide to former Dominican President Hipolito Mejia. The former president on Friday denied the existence of any plot and called the allegations absurd.