Former Haiti ruler charged with corruption
Updated: 22:31, Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier has been charged with corruption and misappropriation of funds, his lawyer confirmed this evening.
'Yes he has been charged,' lawyer Gervais Charles said after
Duvalier, 59, was hauled before prosecutors less than 48 hours after
suddenly returning to Haiti after more than two decades in exile. 'But I
don't understand it,' Charles added.
It was not yet clear whether Duvalier, who ruled Haiti with an iron
fist from 1971-1986, would be taken to prison after his questioning or
placed under house arrest somewhere else.
Haitian police detained the former dictator earlier today after authorities said he would be questioned over money stolen during his rule.
He is accused by human rights groups of being responsible for the killing and torture of opponents during his 15 years in power.
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Haiti prosecutors charge 'Baby Doc'
Haitian authorities have filed corruption and theft charges against former president Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The graffiti may welcome exiled president Jean-Claude Duvalier, but human rights groups say he should face trial [AFP]
Haitian prosecutors have charged Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a former president, with several crimes, including corruption, theft and the misappropriation of funds during his 15-year rule.
Police took Duvalier from the hotel where he was staying in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after he returned to his homeland having spent 25 years in political exile.
"His fate is now in the hands of the investigating judge. We have brought charges against him," Aristidas Auguste, Port-au-Prince's chief prosecutor, said.
The charges must now be investigated by the judge who will decide whether a judicial case should go ahead.
Duvalier was allowed to go free after several hours in a closed-court session on Tuesday, although he is not allowed to leave the country.
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