Ex-Haitian dictator, Duvalier, dies at 63

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier died of a heart
attack in Port-au-Prince at the age of 63, a family member
told CNN Saturday.
Known by his nickname “Baby Doc,” the so-called “President
for life” actually fled Haiti in 1985 and stunned Haiti when he
returned 25 years later.
He was charged with human rights crimes within days of his
return, but he successfully argued in court that the statute of
limitations had expired on charges that included torture,
rape and extrajudicial killings.
Human rights groups decried the court ruling that spared
Duvalier.
Duvalier inherited the title of “President for life” in 1971
upon the death of his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier,
who had ruled with an iron fist through his paramilitary
force, the Tonton Macoute.
Just 19 years old when he came to power, Baby Doc became
one of the world’s youngest heads of state.
Haitians initially celebrated his ascension, thinking the
young man would be less oppressive than his father, but
that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Duvalier used his father’s security apparatus to continue
ruling in a totalitarian fashion.

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