Front Street

Saturday, March 05, 2011


The international and financial banking institution has rightfully frozen the assets of Libya’s former president for life, Col. Moammar Khadafy and his family just like former Egyptian president for life, Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak and his family. If only France (greedy cowards) had done the same thing to Jean-Claude Duvalier, better known as Baby Doc, for plundering the countries treasury; then Haiti wouldn’t be in the sad shape it is in now. Just like his father (Papa Doc) before him, he lived without fear of prosecution. Baby Doc and his entire family lived in such opulence and splendor that rivaled kings and queens of other countries!!!

Well, Baby Doc…Jean-Claude, got it into his head to return to Haiti, under disillusionment and egomaniacal narcissistic craziness, that the people have short memories and would welcome him back home to lead the country in its hour of need. He reigned for over a decade and a half from 1971 to 1986, with crimes so heinous and murderous, that a U.S. hit squad should’ve followed his thieving murdering ass to France. Well upon his arrival in Haiti, Jean-Claude was arrested. Hopefully he will be charged for his past murderous crimes, including plundering the treasury, the selling of drugs, the commerce of selling human body parts, torture and disappearance of Haitian citizens as well as other human rights violations. Between 40,000 to 60,000 people died or disappeared under both the father and son’s rule.

Still, the human rights abuses will certainly prove more challenging. There has never been a systematic investigation into what happened during the Baby Doc years, and what few attempts have reached courts in the past two decades have met obstacles like statute limits. A case in Paris, for example, was dismissed because the crimes took place before the country’s relevant laws were in place. “Duvalier himself was not doing the shooting and torturing,” adding another complication, says a French prosecutor. “But it shouldn’t be that difficult to piece together.”

Thankfully, the strongest case in legal terms is the embezzlement, at least that’s what the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti says. For the financial crimes, they’ve got documentation, so, they're easy to prove, because they literally have boxes and boxes of evidence.
BR>And so, Haiti waits, as do many of the exiles and victims who remember life under Baby Doc like it was yesterday.