Jan 18, 2011

Deposed dictator Baby Doc Duvalier taken to court on his return to Haiti

Haitian police led ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier out of his hotel and took him to court Tuesday without saying whether he was being charged with crimes committed under his brutal regime.

Was this truly an arrest? His longtime companion smiled and denied that he had been arrested.

Why did Duvalier return to Haiti anyway?

Haiti is a broken country drowning in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake followed by an equally devastating cholera outbreak.

Is this a perfect time for a hoodlum dictator to return to control? Will he bring civil war to Haiti?

Was the smell of the billions of dollars in relief money too much for Duvalier to resist?

Most of the relief money has not been spent. The sound of construction equipment is seldom heard.

Jean-Claude Duvalier "baby doc" is shown on left. His father the late Francois Duvalier "papa doc" is shown on the right.

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The United States promised spirited "Baby Doc" Duvalier out of Haiti and promised the brutal dictator would never return - so what happened?

Shortly before 4 a.m. on Feb. 7, 1986, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, his gorgeous and glitzy wife Michele Bennet, their two young children, at least one mistress and about 20 close friends and servants got aboard a huge U.S. Air Force jet and headed for France.

Trunks of designer clothing, priceless art, jewels and a "hell of a lot of the gold" were loaded onto the C-141 jet in a light drizzle that morning at Francois Duvalier International Airport, as a military adviser assigned to the U.S. Embassy at the time described it.

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Now that the United States has broken its promise and Duvalier is back in Haiti there are even more unanswered questions with few real answers.

Will we ever know what really happened to most of the Haiti relief money donated during 2010?

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