Torture complaint against 'Baby Doc'
Published 20/01/2011 | 05:00
FOUR Haitians, including a former United Nations spokeswoman, filed criminal complaints yesterday against former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, accusing him of crimes against humanity including torture.
The move came a day after Mr Duvalier (59) was briefly detained and charged by a Haitian state prosecutor with corruption and embezzlement and other alleged crimes during his 1971-1986 rule.
He returned unexpectedly to Haiti on Sunday from exile in France
Michele Montas, the former spokeswoman for UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, said she and three other Haitians who were jailed during Duvalier's rule filed the complaints with a Port-au-Prince prosecutor.
"There are grounds not only to judge him for economic crimes but also for human rights abuses," she said.
Mr Duvalier's surprise return home has convulsed politics in Haiti, which is grappling with a dispute over presidential election results and a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 3,800 people.
The Western Hemisphere's poorest state is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.
Mr Duvalier, who fled Haiti in 1986 to escape a popular uprising, waved and blew kisses to a crowd of supporters yesterday from a balcony at a luxury hotel in Port-au-Prince where he is staying.
Prosecutors say he is "at the disposition of judicial authorities".
A lawyer for Mr Duvalier told reporters the former strongman plans to stay in Haiti and brushed off the charges filed against him by the prosecutor as politically motivated.