Baby Doc Attorney Demands Appellate Judges be Dismissed

Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, was a brutal dictator of Haiti from the late 1950s up until 1986, when he was run out of office. He succeeded his father, Francois Duvalier, who was even more heinous than his son. Baby Doc fled Haiti in exile and resided in Paris for nearly three decades before returning in 2011. He is now facing the possibility of being brought up on charges regarding human rights violations.


An appellate court recently requested a more through investigation into the alleged violations be undertaken. It is a pivotal decision that sets the stage for state prosecutors to dig up more evidence, which could demand a trial be set to prosecute him.

Baby Doc's lead defense attorney, Reynold Georges, filed an appeal against the appellate court and voiced his concern that if the appellate, after examining fresh evidence, decides to rule against Baby Doc, it will start a civil war.

Georges, who appeared in Haiti's Supreme Court to ask the three appellate judges be dismissed from the case ". . . because they were untrustworthy", is fighting tooth and nail for his client, who has also been alleged to have embezzled funds from government coffers.

Baby Doc was known as a playboy and only a figurehead of the government of Haiti. It is said that his mother actually carried out the duties of the office of the presidency, while Baby Doc performed the ceremonial aspects of the office.

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