Haiti judge hears damages testimony for jail riot

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Posted: Nov 16, 2011 9:13 PM

A judge overseeing a trial of Haitian police officers charged with murdering inmates during a prison riot has heard testimony from lawyers seeking damages for relatives of the victims.

Judge Ezekiel Vaval says he'll decide the amount of compensation based on hardship suffered and the number of children left behind following the bloodshed at the prison a week after Haiti's January 2010 earthquake.

Thirteen police officers are accused of murder and other crimes for the shooting deaths of prisoners in the southern coastal town of Les Cayes.

U.N. police saw the bodies of 10 dead inmates but more are believed to have been killed. Dozens were wounded.

The testimony came Wednesday.