Saturday, January 22, 2011

Haitian dictator apologizes, calls for unity, wants to reenter politics

It can now be told that former Haitian President Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier might go back to politics according to one of his lawyers, said BBC on 22 January.
The former dictator who made a surprise arrival on Sunday from his 25-year exile in France said in a news conference that he wanted "to express deep sorrow for all those who say they were victims of my government".
The "president-for-life" also called for national reconciliation during his lengthy speech.
Baby Doc also said that last year's earthquake triggered him to come back and help rebuild the country.
The 59-year-old dictator is being sued for various crimes such as theft, fund misappropriation, torture, and other crimes against humanity.
Former UN spokeswoman Michele Montas and three other ex-political prisoners during Duvalier's 15 years' rule filed the lawsuits for arbitrary detention, destruction of private property, exile, torture and moral violation of civil and political rights on Wednesday.
A lawyer of Duvalier said he plans to stay in Haiti despite the charges.
In the meantime, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide who is in exile in South Africa after he was overthrown by a rebellion in 2004 expressed his desire to return to the country.
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