PORT-AU-PRINCE — Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier disputed reports by one of his lawyers and a former government functionary Wednesday declaring that he had presidential ambitions.
The hastily prepared statement, signed by the former dictator, says “I formally deny all political statements, vague or otherwise that are attributed to me.”
The statement were made by attorney Reynold Georges, who implied Duvalier might choose to involve himself in politics. Henry Robert Sterlin, who identified himself as a spokesman, also made similar declarations. Duvalier said Sterlin was not his spokesman.
The statement is the only public declaration the aging former dictator has made since he was taken into custody for questioning on Tuesday.
Carvais Jean, the investigative judge, who visited Duvalier at the hotel Tuesday afternoon to confirm he was living there, also denied Georges’ assertion that he came to ask him to leave the country.
Duvalier was supposed to leave Haiti Wednesday, but authorities have taken possession of the expired diplomatic passport he traveled with on Sunday.