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Ex-dictator Jean-Claude `Baby Doc' Duvalier taken into custody
Miami Herald ^ | 01/18/11 | JACQUELINE CHARLES, LESLEY CLARK and TRENTON DANIEL

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babydoc; dictators; duvalier; haiti
Quelle surprise! Well, that didn't take long. Hope he gets what's coming to him.
1 posted on 01/18/2011 11:26:04 AM PST by Moltke
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To: Moltke

PS: Sorry, I neglected to check the ‘exerpt’ box. The article at the source is longer.


2 posted on 01/18/2011 11:28:47 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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Well, they could start with theft in office charges.
3 posted on 01/18/2011 11:35:16 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: Moltke
Well, they could start with theft in office charges.
4 posted on 01/18/2011 11:35:16 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: Moltke

“Charges remained unknown.”

Like it matters.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 11:36:20 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Moltke; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono

Poor Baby!


6 posted on 01/18/2011 11:38:57 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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7 posted on 01/18/2011 11:39:46 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Baby Doc’s TonTon Macoute takes him into protective custody?


8 posted on 01/18/2011 11:40:40 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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9 posted on 01/18/2011 11:42:06 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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What an idiot.
He had to have known that they would do this.


10 posted on 01/18/2011 11:44:27 AM PST by BuffaloJack (What rights will the Obama's regime take from us today?)
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To: BuffaloJack

Hubris. Pure hubris. Guess he never read the Greek classics.

Oh well, how sad. LOL.


11 posted on 01/18/2011 11:56:46 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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He always seemed to be dumber than a box of rocks, and he just proved it.

Somehow living in Port-au-Prince was so much more attractive than living in Paris.

12 posted on 01/18/2011 12:03:40 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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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.


13 posted on 01/18/2011 12:11:57 PM PST by caww
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Somehow living in Port-au-Prince was so much more attractive than living in Paris.

Yeah but you get so much more for your franc in Haiti!

14 posted on 01/18/2011 12:16:58 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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Hey, I remember Baby Doc. Dude has a head larger than a basketball.


15 posted on 01/18/2011 12:57:19 PM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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Perhaps he can have a ‘necklace.’

He used to LOVE necklaces, and the aroma.

OOPS! Hate speech from the right!

16 posted on 01/18/2011 2:23:25 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Napoleon complex


17 posted on 01/18/2011 2:26:55 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Ok, that’s just creepy.


18 posted on 01/18/2011 2:37:23 PM PST by HushTX (I have finally started reading The Federalist Papers. Great stuff!)
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To: Moltke

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!


19 posted on 01/18/2011 3:14:50 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Somehow living in Port-au-Prince was so much more attractive than living in Paris.

Fewer muslim scumbags to contend with...;-)

20 posted on 01/18/2011 3:16:21 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Revolting cat!

21 posted on 01/18/2011 3:18:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Revolting cat!

Who’s the Baby Doc Daddy?


22 posted on 01/18/2011 3:49:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: Moltke

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!


23 posted on 01/18/2011 4:09:24 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: caww

Exactly!!!


24 posted on 01/18/2011 7:36:38 PM PST by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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Well, it really was B.Doc's father who was the tyrant...one mean dude in every way. His son was just 19 when he took office or there abouts. His mother or Aunt basically controlled things until he was older. He inherited a bad name via his father...even on the news today those who remember his father see B.Doc as “a shadow” of what life was like under that tyrant.

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.

25 posted on 01/18/2011 8:23:54 PM PST by caww
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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.


26 posted on 01/19/2011 12:49:16 AM PST by sinanju
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He said nothing as he escorted through the back of the hotel, but a companion laughed when asked if Duvalier was being arrested.

The 'companion' must have already known about the WELCOME BACK BABY DOC SURPRISE PARTY at the hotel.

27 posted on 01/19/2011 5:24:24 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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