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Mourners pay last respects to "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:40

Jean-Claude ''Baby Doc'' Duvalier, Haiti's former dictator, is laid to rest at a private funeral. The self-proclaimed former ''President for Life'' was 63 when he died. Gavino Garay reports.

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Haiti's former dictator, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, has been laid to rest. Saturday's private funeral, attended by friends, family and political allies, marks the end of a political dynasty for the self-proclaimed "President for Life" who died at 63. Duvalier's regime, notorious for its poor human rights record, was overthrown by popular rebellion in 1986. Jean-Claude Duvalier's attorney, Reynold Georges, says that not having a state funeral was beneficial to Duvalier loyalists. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REYNOLD GEORGES, JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER'S ATTORNEY, SAYING: "I think it's something that the President Duvalier deserved (state funeral). It's a right. But, what I can tell you it's a good thing for us (that there was no state funeral). Why? Because all the Duvalierists and the Jean-Claudeists, they're going to put themselves together to give an appropriate answer to that situation." Many Haitians considered a formal state funeral inappropriate given Duvalier's extravagant lifestyle, paired with his human rights record. Duvalier's son Nicolas and ex-wife Michèle Bennett were in attendance. Current Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe were not. It is unlikely that he will be buried in Haiti. His father's tomb was destroyed by a mob during the 1986 upheaval.

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Mourners pay last respects to "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:40