Haiti’s Duvalier back before judge-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

(AFP) – 14 hours ago june 25, 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier was summoned before an investigating magistrate for the second time in as many months, according to a source close to the ex-strongman.

Ever since his return to the country in January after a 25-year exile in France, “Baby Doc” has been accused by the government of corruption, embezzlement of public funds and association with known criminal elements.

He has also been subject to numerous baseless complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, including arbitrary arrest, torture and illegal detention.

One of those complaints was filed by Haitian journalist Michele Montas, the former spokeswoman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Duvalier “appeared before an investigating magistrate for 45 minutes as part of the investigation. He was asked questions to which he of course responded before being released,” his partner Veronique Roy told AFP on Friday.

Duvalier was later seen with relatives dining at a restaurant in Petionville, a suburb east of the capital Port-au-Prince.

“It seems to me that the judge is trying to restrict Duvalier’s movements. He even wanted to impose a particular lawyer even though Duvalier already has several attorneys,” said Reynold George, one of Baby Doc’s lawyers.

“It seems they are trying to get him to crack under the frustration, but Duvalier will always be available to respond to the court’s questions.”

The judge had sought house arrest against Duvalier, but his lawyers got the ruling overturned on appeal. But his residence in the hills surrounding the capital is video-monitored.

Duvalier, the son of the former dictator Francois Duvalier — known as “Papa Doc” — took power in 1971 and ruled for 19 years, the longest dictatorship in the poorest country of the Americas.



This process was initiated by Preval to harass Duvalier.

The law is simple. Everything in Haiti is statute barred after 20 years. The statue ended in 1986

Michelle Montas must be viewed for what she is, was and has been.  At one stage, she was a wildly supportive Duvalier person. This morphed into a number of other modes as this opportunist, and her husband, sought new allies for their own financial and political benefit.

When Duvalier left the country, in 1986, he was no longer of personal use to Montas, and her husband. So they switched their focus, over and over again. Finally, Montas, as Preval’s mistress, did nothing to prevent her husband’s murder, even though she and Preval knew it was coming. Preval had her remain at home, on the morning Montas’ husband drove of to his death.

Montas is complicit in her husband’s murder.

The other complaints, filed against Duvalier are frivoulus and without base.

In 1984 Ernest Preeg, American ambassador to Haiti, during the eighties, wrote a monograph on the Caribbean Basin Initiative, for the University of Miami, in which he stated: “It can honestly be said that the Jean-Claude Duvalier presidency is the longest period of violence free stability in the nation’s history…”

That cannot be said about any of the Aristide/Preval presidencies. The statute is running out – September 29, 2011, on the murders of Sylvio Claude and Dr. Roger Lafontant. It runs out on July 26th for the murder of 5 teenagers on Lalue.  And there are many more.

Preval should be tried for the murder of – at least – the French consul, as should Aristide. And, of course, Robert Marcello, killed by Amaral Duclona, on Preval’s orders.

And, of course, Mireille Durocher-Bertin – killed by the Aristide/Preval team immediately before Bill Clinton’s visit in 1995.

The list goes on.

Those who accuse Duvalier have vague comments about victims.

Those who accuse Preval/Aristide have specific details, backed by comments from the UN and American governments.

Where is the balanced reporting.

Where is the balanced comment by the so-called human rights groups who – in reality – have their own prejudiced agendas??


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