Baby Doc Duvalier

January 17, 2011 by staff 

Baby Doc Duvalier, Human Rights urged the Haitian government to arrest and prosecute former President Jean-Claude Duvalier for abuses committed during its 1971-86 leadership.

Mr. Duvalier, 59, also known as “Baby Doc”, has just returned to Haiti.

He said he had “come to help” after the earthquake last year, but Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International has said he should face justice.

It is not clear if the warrants exist for his arrest.

Mr. Duvalier was just 19 when he inherited the title of “president for life” from his father, the famous Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who ruled Haiti since 1957.

“Baby Doc” was accused of massive corruption, repression and rights abuses during his 1971-1986 rule.

Critics argue that diverted millions of dollars from the impoverished Caribbean nation, a charge he denies.

Like his father, he relied on a brutal private militia known as the “Tontons Macoutes”, who controlled Haiti through violence and intimidation.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier is expected Monday to explain why he returned to his homeland after 25 years of exile.

Rumors of a press conference have not been confirmed, but the woman Duvalier, VĂ©ronique Roy, said her husband would hold a news conference.

Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, Back in the capital, Port-au-Prince, Paris on Sunday evening.

The surprise return seems to have taken the Caribbean nation off guard, struggling to work through a serious political crisis that followed the Nov. 28 presidential election issue in the first round.

Duvalier, 59, arrived on an Air France on 5:50 p.m. local time. Wearing a dark suit and blue tie, he was greeted at the airport with hugs of supporters. He was taken to an immigration office before customs.

“It was a very moving back,” said Roy. “My husband was on his knees and kissed the ground.”

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