Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

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Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dead at 63

Ousted dictator had a heart attack

(Newser) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead of a heart attack at age 63. He was better known as "Baby-Doc" Duvalier, so named because his father—a doctor-turned-dictator—was "Papa Doc." The regimes of both leaders tortured and killed political opponents and relied on a dreaded civilian... More »

Aristide Returns to Haiti

US wanted him to steer clear until after Sunday's election

(Newser) - The US really, really wanted him to stay away until Sunday's presidential elections were over, but Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti today after a seven-year exile. The former priest and twice-elected president arrived just ahead of a runoff to determine whether pop singer Michel Martelly or former first lady Mirlande... More »

Ex-GOP Rep Helping Baby Doc Get His Cash

Duvalier says he wants Swiss funds to help Haiti

(Newser) - Ex-congressman Bob Barr is helping “Baby Doc” Duvalier gain access to frozen funds left in Swiss banks. The former dictator “is very interested in trying to get those funds freed up, not for himself, but so they can be used to help the situation in Haiti,” Barr,... More »

Why Baby Doc Really Returned: Cash?

Struggling Duvalier has money frozen in Switzerland

(Newser) - In all the speculation over the reason for “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s sudden return to Haiti, a possible new motive has emerged: The former dictator may have been seeking access to cash, the New York Times notes. The former ruler allegedly embezzled $300 million from his country, but insiders... More »

'Baby Doc' Charged With Corruption

Supporters show up to cheer at court house

(Newser) - Haitian police officially charged Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier with corruption and embezzlement yesterday, putting a damper on his surprise return from exile. Groups of supporters lined the road to scream in outrage as police drove him from his hotel to the courtroom—some even hurled chunks of concrete or... More »

Haitian Police Take Baby Doc Into Custody

Police escort Duvalier from hotel after questioning by judge

(Newser) - Baby Doc Duvalier's homecoming to Haiti may not be going as smoothly as he hoped. Haitian police today took the former dictator from his hotel room, reports AP , though it remains unclear exactly what's going on. Earlier, a judge accompanied by officers questioned him in his room about allegations of... More »

Human Rights Groups: Bust Baby Doc

Haiti urged to arrest former dictator

(Newser) - Former dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier says he has "come to help" Haiti, but human rights groups say his only place in the nation is behind bars. Duvalier, who returned to Haiti over the weekend after almost 25 years in exile, is accused of massive corruption and extensive human... More »

Exiled Dictator Returns to Haiti After 25 Years

No word on his intentions, but supporters want him to return to power

(Newser) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned to Haiti today after nearly 25 years in exile, a surprising and perplexing move that comes as his country struggles with a political crisis and the stalled effort to recover from last year's devastating earthquake. Duvalier arrived on an Air France... More »

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