Skip to comments.Ex-dictator Jean-Claude `Baby Doc' Duvalier taken into custody
Posted on 01/18/2011 11:26:01 AM PST by Moltke
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haitian police took Jean-Claude Duvalier to a courthouse in downtown Port-au-Prince Tuesday afternoon after he was taken into custody. Charges remained unknown.
Heavily-armed police picked up the long-ago toppled dictator known as ``Baby Doc'' at the posh Karibe Hotel in Petionville two days after his surprise return from exile. He said nothing as he escorted through the back of the hotel, but a companion laughed when asked if Duvalier was being arrested.
PS: Sorry, I neglected to check the ‘exerpt’ box. The article at the source is longer.
“Charges remained unknown.”
Like it matters.
Baby Doc’s TonTon Macoute takes him into protective custody?
What an idiot.
He had to have known that they would do this.
Hubris. Pure hubris. Guess he never read the Greek classics.
Oh well, how sad. LOL.
Somehow living in Port-au-Prince was so much more attractive than living in Paris.
Keep in mind the meeting with Gov. officials BEFORE this arrest. It’s just part of the show. Baby Doc would have never been let back in without Clintons approval or the current Gov. This is all show.
I’m not convinced this guy couldn’t bring some stability to the country. Yes, he carried a big stick when he was their leader, but there was fae less instability during his time there. Some people don’t understand anything but a stick...Haitians do understand that.
Of course he was corrupt...tell me what nations leaders aren’t and don’t skim off the top. Including the usa. Haitians are in no position to govern themselves until there’s some degree of stability. For them a despote might work on a temporary basis.
Again, he would not have returned without invitation to do so no matter what the propaganda show is now.
Yeah but you get so much more for your franc in Haiti!
Hey, I remember Baby Doc. Dude has a head larger than a basketball.
He used to LOVE necklaces, and the aroma.
OOPS! Hate speech from the right!
Ok, that’s just creepy.
Maybe, just maybe there is hope and justice for Hati after all. They should have a swift trial and lock this former dictator thug up for life ASAP!
Fewer muslim scumbags to contend with...;-)
Who’s the Baby Doc Daddy?
Reminds me of that last scene in the movie “Dogs of War” where the exiled despotic leader returns and declares: “But I am the President!” followed by actor Christopher Walken pulling his sidearm and shooting him dead! Hahahah!
I don't profess to know all about Haitians but enough that whoever is in control will have to carry a big stick to get any stability there. It's a drug traffic port big time...and lawlessness is second nature to many, and many remain deep into Voodoo practices and superstitions so it's not going to be a big comeback no matter who is in office. Even their catholic Priests and Mayors were known to be Voodoo Priests so you see Haitians problems are not going to be solved, but maybe some civil discourse possible along the way.
As many Haitians have stated...at least when B.Doc was leading you could walk on the streets without fear. So it does remain to be seen.
I don’t think he has any connections with the Clintons or anyone else. Aristide was Clinton’s friend, business buddy and personal voodoo priest (according to some rumors). I think Baby Doc got tired of twenty-five years languishing on history’s trash heap and decided to make his move. I think it was plain homesickness. He lost most of his fortune but was living comfortably. Hell, even Marcos wanted to go back to the Philippines before he died. Imelda did return and got back into politics. Even Noriega wanted to serve out his sentence back in Panama.
I actually believe him when he says he just wants to help out. He’d rather be remembered for doing something. At the very worst, if they shoot him, at least he’ll go out with his boots on.
And it’s a sad fact that yes, slimeball though he was, things were better under him.
The 'companion' must have already known about the WELCOME BACK BABY DOC SURPRISE PARTY at the hotel.
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