Four Haitians accuse "Baby Doc" of torture, abuse

Four Haitians, including a former United Nations spokeswoman, filed criminal complaints on Wednesday against former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, accusing him of crimes against humanity, including torture.

The filings came a day after Duvalier was briefly detained and charged by a Haitian state prosecutor with corruption and embezzlement and other alleged crimes during his 1971-1986 rule. He returned unexpectedly to Haiti on Sunday from exile in France

Michele Montas, the former spokeswoman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said she and three other Haitians who were jailed during Duvalier's rule filed the complaints with a Port-au-Prince prosecutor.

[Source: Reuters, Port-Au-Prince, 19Jan11]

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