Haiti charges ex-leader Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier

Haiti’s former leader Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been charged with corruption and embezzlement during his 1971-1986 rule, prosecutors say.

Mr Duvalier was allowed to go free after questioning, but a judge will decide whether his case goes to trial.

The ex-leader, who denies wrongdoing, made a surprise return to Haiti on Sunday after 24 years in exile.

He was regarded as a playboy during his time in office, when he used a brutal militia to control the country.

He said he had “come to help” after last year’s devastating earthquake.

Port-au-Prince’s chief prosecutor Aristidas Auguste told Reuters that charges of corruption, theft, misappropriation of funds and other alleged crimes had been brought against him.


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