'Baby Doc' says quake brought him back to Haiti

January 22, 2011 01:58

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier says it was the devastating earthquake that brought him back to Haiti.

Duvalier says he wants to help with the reconstruction from a quake that destroyed much of the capital. He made a brief speech Friday at a rented guest house. It was his most extensive public statement since his surprise return to the country where he faces a potential trial for corruption and human rights violations.Duvalier said he feels "profound sadness" for anyone who believes they were harmed by his regime.

He did not say how long he intends to stay in Haiti.

The former dictator known as "Baby Doc" was deposed nearly 25 years ago in a popular uprising.

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