Four Haitians File Lawsuits Against Baby Doc for Crimes Against Humanity

Posted on January 19, 2011


Michele Montas, former spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, filed a lawsuit today with three others accusing Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier with crimes against humanity.
Haitian journalist Michèle Montas, whose late husband, journalist Jean Dominique, was intimidated and then exiled under the Duvalier regime; Alix Fils-Aimé and Claude Rosiers, two former political prisoners incarcerated for 10 years during the dictatorship and Nicole Magloire have complained on Wednesday against the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, for crimes against humanity.

After meeting with the Attorney General Augustus Aristides, Montas said, “We have complained for arbitrary detention, exile, destruction of private property, physical and moral torture, violation of civil and political rights” adding that the case would be forwarded to a judge of instruction.

Wednesday, January 19 2011

   (Port-au-Prince)  —  A former spokeswoman for the UN is among four Haitians who have filed criminal complaints against one-time dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.
   In the filings, Duvalier is accused of crimes against humanity, including torture.
   Michele Montas, who served as the spokeswoman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, claims she and three other Haitians were jailed while Duvalier ruled the Caribbean island nation.
   The filings by the group follow Duvalier’s unexpected return to Haiti Sunday after 25 years in exile in France.
   He was briefly detained yesterday by Haitian officials and charged with corruption, embezzlement and other alleged crimes during his rule from 1971 to 1986.
   An attorney for Duvalier says the former dictator has plans to remain in Haiti and dismissed the charges against him as politically motivated.

Posted in: Haiti, Imperialism, UN