UPDATED: Duvalier accused of corruption, embezzlement

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A lawyer for Jean-Claude Duvalier says the former Haitiam dictator is facing accusations of corruption and embezzlement for allegedly pilfering the treasury before his 1986 ouster.

Defense Attorney Gervais Charles says the case is now in the hands of a judge of instruction who will decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.

That process can take up to three months.

Duvalier left court after a day of questions Tuesday and is headed back to his hotel.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - It's not clear whether the former Haitian dictator known as “Baby Doc” is being detained by police in Haiti for crimes committed under his brutal regime a quarter-century ago.

Police took Jean-Claude Duvalier out of his hotel today, but didn't say if he's under arrest. He wasn't wearing handcuffs, and didn't say anything.

His longtime companion laughed when she was asked by reporters if Duvalier was being arrested.

A candidate for Haiti's Senate said Duvalier was being taken to court, but that she didn't know why.

His removal from the hotel came after he met in private with senior Haitian judicial officials. The meeting came amid calls by human rights groups and other for his arrest.

Duvalier was forced into exile in 1986 in a mass uprising and had been living in exile in France.

He has not yet publicly commented on why he came back to Haiti over the weekend. His companion told reporters he would stay three days.

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