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Swiss court paves way for Duvalier millions to return to Haiti

A Swiss court confirmed Wednesday the confiscation of millions of dollars in frozen bank accounts belonging to former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, clearing the way for the money to be returned to Haiti. The Swiss Federal Administrative Court upheld a bid by Bern to confiscate more than $5 million (four million euros) in Swiss accounts opened by Duvalier and his entourage during his 15 years in power.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Haiti's Duvalier appears at court hearing

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier appeared in court Thursday for a hearing to determine if he can be charged with crimes against humanity. Duvalier, who was observed at the court by an AFP reporter, was summoned by a judge after failing three times previously to show up in court. Duvalier ruled from 1971 until his ouster in a popular revolt in 1986. He returned from exile in France two years ago. cre/dw/sg
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