PORT-AU-PRINCE – Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier died of a heart attack in Port-au-Prince at the age of 63, a family member told CNN today.
Known by his nickname Baby Doc, the so-called “President for life” actually fled Haiti in 1985 and stunned Haiti when he returned 25 years later.
He was charged with human rights crimes within days of his return, but he successfully argued in court that the statute of limitations had expired on charges that included torture, rape and extrajudicial killings.
Human rights groups decried the court ruling that spared Duvalier.
Duvalier inherited the title of “President for life” in 1971 upon the death of his father, Francois Papa Doc Duvalier, who had ruled with an iron fist through his paramilitary force, the Tonton Macoute. (CNN)