Haiti ex-dictator Duvalier hospitalised

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 09:43

Port-au-Prince: Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was being treated in a private hospital on Thursday for an undisclosed ailment, the judge handling cases filed against him said.

Duvalier was taken to the hospital late Wednesday, soon after receiving a court order limiting his movements to the Haitian capital, said Judge Jean Carves.

The ruling also sets "specific times to accommodate his family and friends”, Carves said.

Duvalier made a surprise return to Haiti in January, prompting prosecutors to charge the 59-year-old with corruption, embezzlement of public funds and criminal association during his 15-year rule that ended in 1986.

Police officer Auguste Aristidas confirmed that Duvalier had been hospitalised. Haitian police could be seen outside Duvalier`s hospital room.

"I cannot reveal the reasons for the hospitalisation of my patient," medical doctor Gerard Pierre said.

"Baby Doc" succeeded his father Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, who imposed authoritarian rule on the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 09:43

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