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At 74, Haiti activist presses for 'Baby Doc' trial

In a Port-au-Prince courtroom, Nicole Magloire, leaning on a cane, says she is determined to testify against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to ensure he faces justice. "I am fighting for the rule of law and a democratic society in Haiti," the 74-year-old human rights activist told AFP. Magloire and 25 other alleged victims have filed suit against Duvalier, who was overthrown in a 1986 revolt after 15 years of iron-fisted rule. He fled to France and only returned to the impoverished Caribbean country two years ago.

Haiti judge demands Duvalier be brought to court

A Haitian judge demanded Thursday that former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier be brought to court next week to attend a hearing into whether to try him for crimes against humanity. Judge Jean-Joseph Lebrun issued the order in the presence of lawyers acting for Duvalier and for the alleged victims of his regime, after the former leader failed for a third time to attend a scheduled hearing in the case.

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A Haitian judge demanded Thursday that former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier be brought to court to attend a hearing into whether to try him for crimes against humanity. Judge Jean-Joseph Lebrun issued the order in the presence of lawyers acting for Duvalier and for alleged victims of his regime, after the former leader failed for a third time to attend a scheduled hearing into the case. cre-jca/dc/sst

Haiti's ex-dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier a no-show in court

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier failed to appear in court on Thursday to hear whether he will face charges over human rights abuses. "There isn't even a one percent chance that he will appear," his attorney Reynold Georges declared at the court, explaining that his client has asked Haiti's highest court to hear his case and is awaiting its decision. "We are calmly awaiting the decision of the Court of Cassation," he said.

UN rights chief urges justice for Haiti dictator's victims

Haiti must offer justice for the victims of abuses committed under the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, better known as "Baby Doc", the UN's human rights chief said Thursday. As Haiti's court of appeal resumed hearings over the strongman's 15-year rule, UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay said there was a duty to ensure that abuses do not go unpunished. "Such systematic violations of rights must not remain unaddressed," Pillay said in a statement.

Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier due in court

Two years after his return to Haiti following 25 years in exile, ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is due in court Thursday as a judge mulls whether he can be tried for crimes against humanity. Known as "Baby Doc," Duvalier was the world's youngest head of state when, at the age of just 19, he succeeded his late autocratic father Francois "Papa Doc" in 1971. His rule was initially seen as more benign, before he too adopted hardline dictatorial measures. He was eventually overthrown in 1986 and spent a quarter of a century in exile in France.

Haiti court to re-examine charges against 'Baby Doc'

Two years after his surprise return to Haiti after a quarter century in exile, former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier is to hear what charges his homeland could bring against him. The once-feared 61-year-old -- who ruled Haiti for almost 15 years between 1971 and 1986 -- astonished Haiti in January 2011 when he flew back from Paris after 25 years away and moved into a plush Port-au-Prince neighborhood.

Haitian judge says Duvalier must appear at human rights hearing

By Susana Ferreira PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 7 (Reuters) - An appeals court judge ordered former Haitian President Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier to appear in court later this month on human rights allegations following a raucous hearing on the issue on Thursday. Duvalier, 61, the country's former "president for life," returned to Haiti in January 2011 after 25 years of exile and was briefly detained on charges of corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds.
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