Cedras writing memoirs, frets about children

October 25, 1994|By New York Times News Service

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- For three years, he ruled Haiti with an iron fist. But now, officials say, Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras sits in a rundown hotel room writing his memoirs and worrying if his children will be harassed at school.

Since arriving in Panama on Oct. 13, he has remained secluded in the Riande Continental Hotel near the airport. People who have visited General Cedras said he had spent most of the day working on the memoirs on a computer.

The general and his wife, Yannick, and their three children are sharing a small two-bedroom suite in a hotel that a diplomat rated as "1 1/2 stars, with musty carpets and tacky furnishings from the 1970s."

The former Haitian army chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Philippe Biamby, is sharing an identical suite with his mother.

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