Police take Duvalier from Haiti hotel

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:58 EDT
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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian police took former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier from his hotel Tuesday and headed to the prosecutor’s office, witnesses said Tuesday.

The ousted president, who made a surprise return to Haiti late Sunday, had been questioned for more than an hour in his room at the Hotel Karibe by the nation’s chief prosecutor and a judge.

He was then escorted by police down through the hotel lobby, but was not handcuffed.

The head of the Port-au-Prince bar association, Gervais Charles, told AFP:

“He is being taken to the prosecutors’ office to notify him of the file against him.”

Outside the hotel, a group of Duvalier supporters called for him to be released and the current President Rene Preval to be detained instead.

“The revolution is beginning, arrest Preval,” they chanted.

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