Haiti Charges Former Dictator

January 19, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Haiti’s chief prosecutor formally re-opened a 2008 case charging Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier with a slew of criminal charges including murder, the latest twist in a bizarre odyssey that has kept the country on edge for days.  “The charges are government corruption, embezzlement of funds, money laundering, and assassination,” said Chief Magistrate Harycidas Auguste on Tuesday. He said the original 2008 case had been lost and buried under the ruins of the courthouse destroyed during the January 2010 earthquake. “It took months to reconstruct it, but we did,” he said.

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