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Thousands follow ex-Haiti president Aristide after court appearance

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Supporters of Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide stand around Aristide's car as he leaves the courthouse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The two-time president showed up at the courthouse to testify before a judge investigating the 2000 slaying of Jean Dominique, one of the Caribbean country's most prominent journalists.

By Trenton Daniel, Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a rare public appearance Wednesday and thousands of supporters shadowed the ex-leader's motorcade following a court hearing.

The two-time president showed up at a courthouse in downtown Port-au-Prince with a delegation of longtime allies to testify before a judge investigating the slaying of one of the Caribbean country's most prominent journalists. The hearing was closed to the public.

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A supporter of Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide holds up an image of Aristide and yells "Aristide is king!"

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A police officer uses his baton to beat back supporters of Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide who gathered outside the courthouse where Aristide arrived earlier in the day.

Aristide waved to a small group of onlookers outside the court before his session with an investigative magistrate to answer questions about the April 2000 killing of radio journalist Jean Dominique. Former President Rene Preval answered questions in the case early this year. Both men were friends of Dominique.

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Flanked by body guards, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, center, greets supporters as leaves the courthouse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Aristide left the courthouse through a back exit three hours later. In an apparent ploy to prevent journalists from following the former president, news media were told to assemble in a nearby room for a news conference with Aristide, which was never held.
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