January 18th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Charges filed against 'Baby Doc' Duvalier in Haiti

CNN Wire Staff

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Extraordinary drama unfolded Tuesday in Port-au-Prince as charges were filed against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, government sources told CNN.

It was not immediately clear what the charges were.

A judge will have 30 days to investigate and decide whether the charges merit moving forward with a case against Duvalier.

Earlier in the day, the former leader was taken into custody at his hotel and transported to a downtown courthouse for a hearing.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Greg Simeon

    Good afternoon, my main concern is, why filed charges against Mr Duvalier not his exwife because he was controlled by her, simply the former president was to young to understand anything about self. They should go after his exwife also, she was calling the shot.He was doing what he been told to do. Quote, her ex have said that she never married jn claude but the president and after exile she divorced him because he no longer a president.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  2. Connie

    I would like to know why he came back and who is behind him going back. I think that someone with money is behind this and I also think that there is an agenda to his return.

    January 19, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  3. Genevieve Charles

    Hello Anderson

    Those people you see on the streets of Port AU PRINCE sheering Jean Claude Duvalier return are homeless, from the ghetto, "PAID to do a job". Please stop using those people as the voice who represent Haitians

    January 19, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  4. Yarmiley

    when Papa Doc was in power Haiti was a great place to live,people didn't have to weary about kidnapping,or anything else, according to my parents the people that are older yes a lot of people die when he was President. but those people that die it was because they where doing bad things, when his son Baby Doc become President his father make sure he had people that was telling him or should i say he was just the front man he was only 19yrs old. look at the difference Haiti now and 25yrs ago there is a big change. great work Anderson at all time God bless.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  5. Schneider

    It is safe to say from what i know about HAITI that those crowds of people that seem to praise BABY DOC's return to HAITI have been paid a few bucks to celebrate his return by the same Henchmen that murdered and tortured their mothers, fathers, and siblings at an earlier time under BABY DOC and PAPA Doc's regime. WHAT a TRAGEDY!!!!
    I just hope the media does not fall for the trap of false praise. But from what I've seen recently on CNN, the media may already have given too much credit to the "BABY DOC SUPPORTERS"!
    EVERY ONE young or old in HAITI , knows that BABY DOC HAS THE BLOOD of the HAITIAN PEOPLE on his hand!!!
    THAT IS one of the reasons that we are 1.5 million strong outside of HAITI.We were escaping the mass graves, torture and disappearances. In spite of this reality, we were never recognized as legitimate political refugees and never benefited from the wet foot/dry foot policy that was used for fleeing Cuban refugees.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Shua

    What Is the Age of the Haitians that are glad for the return of Baby Doc. 25 years age when he was killing thousands of their follow Haitians, many of the supporters were babies and some were not born during his murderous rule

    January 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Aliou, Jacksonville, FL

    Bush and Cheney started 2 wars that are still killing thousands in 2 countries and igniting fire in other countries.

    They profited from those wars by dolling out contracts to friends in the business.

    They should be the leading face of justice served, not an obscure figure like Duvalier, who are just one of the poor. The United States should set an example by delivering Bush and Cheney to the international court of justice(ICJ)

    January 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    With the earthquake not recovered from, a cholera epidemic, and a controversial election perhaps Duvalier feels there is an opportunity for him in the near term in a leadership role....with whatever benefits (corruption) he cares to impose. He must have felt pretty safe coming back with all the charges he could face so who knows what he has in mind; I bet though whatever it is it is better for him than for Haiti.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm |