Former Haiti Dictator Charged With Embezzlement

January 20, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier(C) arrives at the prosecutors office in Port-au-Prince Januay 18, 2011.  (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier(C) arrives at the prosecutors office in Port-au-Prince Januay 18, 2011. (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)
Prosecutors have charged former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier with crimes of corruption and embezzlement.

Duvalier made a surprise return earlier this week to Haiti after living in exile for 25 years.

Duvalier came to power at the age of 19 after his father, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier died. He ruled Haiti with an iron fist between 1971 and 1986, when he was ousted by a popular revolt.

His return has come as a surprise to many Haitians. Duvalier’s lawyer said on Wednesday Duvalier could get involved in politics again. Defense attorney Reynold Georges told the Associated Press that Duvalier might help a small Duvalierist political party during his time in Haiti. But he did not specify what Duvalier would do exactly.

Duvalier was responsible for the deaths of between 20,000 and 30,000 people under his rule, according to rights groups.

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