Haiti May Benefit From ‘Baby Doc’ Frozen Assets

Mr Duvalier and his followers were accused of abusing state funds

Mr Duvalier and his followers were accused of abusing state funds

Authorities in Switzerland said Thursday they will return the assets of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier to Haiti, for use on development projects.

The money has been frozen in Swiss bank accounts since 1986. The Federal Office of Justice in Switzerland rejected more than 20 years of legal challenges by the Duvalier family.

It also ruled that the lawful origin of the assets, totalling US $6 million, could not be proven by the account holders.

But authorities said the Duvalier family still has 30 days to lodge a final appeal to the Swiss Supreme Court to try to stop the return of the funds to Port au-Prince.Mr Duvalier and his followers were accused of plundering hundreds of millions of dollars of state funds during their 15 year reign.

The Swiss Justice Office said the money must be used for social or humanitarian projects to benefit the Haitian population.

Source: bbccaribbean.com  

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