Haitian officials have renewed the diplomatic passport of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, his attorney said Saturday.
Reynold Georges said the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reissued
the expired travel document for Duvalier last month as is customary for
ex-presidents and former prime ministers.
"They have to, because
he's an ex-president," Georges said by telephone. "This is not something
people should talk about. It's common practice."
suddenly came back to Haiti in 2011 following 25 years in exile in
France. Upon his return, Haitian authorities opened an investigation
into the human rights abuses associated with his 15-year rule. But the
judge instead recommended that Duvalier be indicted for only financial
crimes, and faces no more than five years if convicted.
is currently slogging its way through an appeals process, and a hearing
is scheduled for Jan. 24, Georges said. "I can guarantee you we will
win," Georges said.
Throughout the case, the 61-year-old Duvalier
has been spotted driving himself and a longtime partner throughout
Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, apparently in defiance of a house
arrest that, Georges said, expired last year. The pair has also been
widely seen dining at some of the more high-end restaurants in the
It doesn't seem that Duvalier has made use of the travel document.
said Duvalier was recently supposed to take a trip to Santo Domingo,
the capital of the neighboring Dominican Republic, but wasn't sure if it