Haiti president: Duvalier should face justice

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 23, 2011 02:29

Haitian President Rene Preval said Saturday that ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier had every right to return home from exile, but must now face an investigation of alleged abuses during his reign.

Preval's first public comment on Duvalier since the former strongman's astonishing arrival in Haiti a week ago came at a news conference during a surprise trip of his own to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

"Duvalier had the right to return to the country, but under the constitution, he also must face justice," Preval told reporters. "If Duvalier is not in prison now, it is because he has not yet been tried."


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