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'Baby Doc' to stand trial for corruption


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'Baby Doc' to stand trial for corruption

Former Haitian dictator Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier is to face trial on corruption charges, but not human rights abuses.

The judge handling the case said there were not enough legal grounds to lodge crimes against humanity charges against him.

‘Baby Doc’ inherited power from his father, Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier, in 1971 and ruled Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, for 15 years before being overthrown in 1986.

Under the father-and-son dictatorship thousands of people were killed or tortured in jails.

Duvalier made a shock return to Haiti after a 25 year exile in France following the country’s catastropic earthquake in January 2010.

Duvalier is alleged to have embezzled as much as 600 million euros from the public purse during his rule.

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