PORT-AU-PRINCE—Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc"
Duvalier was released from a private hospital where he was being
treated for an undisclosed ailment, his longtime companion told
|Jean-Claude "Baby Doc"
Duvalier, center, just right
behind his white girlfriend,
Veronique Roy, with glasses.
(Photo may be copyrighted)
"He's going back home. He's doing much better," Duvalier's partner
Veronique Roy told AFP.
Duvalier was admitted to the hospital last week shortly after
receiving a court order limiting his mobility to the Haitian
A close Duvalier associate told AFP however that the ailing
former dictator was still not completely well.
"He is very sick," the friend said, asking not to be identified.
"He's going home because he can receive visits from his friends
there," the associate said.
Duvalier's attorneys have said they would file an appeal
challenging the restriction on his movements, which they decried
as unfair and "arbitrary."
Duvalier made a surprise return to Haiti in January, prompting
prosecutors to charge the 59-year-old with corruption,
embezzlement of public funds and criminal association during his
15-year rule that ended in 1986.
Human rights activists and experts have accused Duvalier of
returning to Haiti to prevent the confiscation of at least $5.7
million in frozen Swiss bank accounts.
The former dictator upon his return said he had come back to
work for national unity.
He was preceded as Haiti's president by his father Francois
"Papa Doc" Duvalier, who also imposed authoritarian rule on the
impoverished Caribbean nation.
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