MIAMI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Family members of a Miami businessman detained in Haiti on suspicion of participating in an attempted coup attempt two weeks ago said Thursday they are optimistic he will be released.
Antoine Saati was arrested Dec. 20 as he served legal papers on a former employee he said defrauded his company.
Gina Saati, his sister and a partner in the export-import company, said the former employee, Eddy Deeb, has close ties to the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The firm is suing Deeb in U.S. District Court in Miami.
Saati remains under custody in a hospital. The nature of his illness has not been disclosed.
A spokesman for the family said they were encouraged by a phone call from Saati's lawyers in Port-au-Prince.
Jack Rust said they told him, "there is a very strong possibility of resolution."
He said a hearing was expected, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
"I think Bob Graham and Bill Nelson getting involved in the case is stirring up a little dust," Rust said.
He said prior to that, the family was unhappy with the government because embassy officials were slow to respond.
Remaining unclear were the circumstances of the arrest and the reasons for suspicions that Saati was involved in the gun battle that took seven lives during what the Haitian government said was a coup attempt Dec. 17.