Home News Afro Briefs Originally published March 14, 2013

Testimony Resumes in Haiti 'Baby Doc' Case

by Associated Press

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    Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc," attends his hearing at court in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Duvalier appeared in court Thursday after three times shunning a summons for a hearing on whether he should be charged with human rights abuses during his brutal 1971-1986 regime. (APPhoto/DieuNalioChery)

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Alleged victims of the government of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier have resumed their testimony in court.

Dr. Nicole Magloire told Haiti's court of appeals March 14 that the government of the leader known as “Baby Doc” jailed her and drove her into exile.

A three-judge panel has been gathering testimony from people who say they suffered under Duvalier's 15-year rule.

The former president for life returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile. Haitian authorities charged Duvalier with human rights abuses and embezzlement but a judge ruled he should face charges only for the alleged financial crimes.

An appellate court is trying to decide if it should reinstate the abuse charges against Duvalier or drop the alleged financial crimes. That case could also go to trial.

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