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Haiti AG To Appeal Judge’s Decision To Not Trial Duvalier for Crimes Against Humanity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The appeals process for parties involved in the high-profile case against former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier has begun, Haiti’s attorney general said Monday.

The appeals process comes after a judge recommended that the former strongman knows as “Baby Doc” be tried for alleged financial crimes in a lesser court, and not for the human rights abuses associated with his brutal regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

The judge’s ruling was met with an outcry from human rights groups and the United Nations, which has a peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Activists plan a sit-in in front of the Justice Ministry on Tuesday, which marks the 26th anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted Duvalier.

Both sides in the case are expected to appeal the magistrate’s recommendation; opponents because they want Duvalier tried in a higher court and the defense because they feel he shouldn’t be tried at all.

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