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Baby Doc 'came back to homeland for $5.7m'

The return to Haiti of ousted dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier may have been part of a plan to unlock $5.7m (€4.2m) held in Swiss banks.

Mr Duvalier, who presided over a nightmarish period in Haiti, flew into the country on Sunday after 25 years in exile.

The reason for his visit had been unclear, but it has been suggested that he wanted to show he was not wanted on charges in his homeland, which would allow him to access millions of dollars in Switzerland.

On January 12 last year, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that Mr Duvalier (59) should be allowed to access the money. The decision was considered a disaster by the government, which is keen to shed the country's image as a financial haven for dictators. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent