Former President Aristide's Attorney: Washington Gave "Green Light" for Duvalier's Arrival in Haiti, While Blocking Aristide's Return
Interview with Ira Kurzban, attorney representing exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, conducted by Scott Harris
The return of ex-Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's to Port-Au-Prince on Jan. 16, caught his nation by surprise as most Haitians still struggle to recover from last year's devastating earthquake and deal with a disputed presidential election. The former "president-for-life" ruled Haiti from 1971, at the age of 19, until he was driven from power and into exile after a popular revolt in 1986. Both Jean-Claude and his father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier who had led Haiti since 1957, have been accused of committing gross human rights violations and looting the impoverished nation's meager treasury..