Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier will remain in Haiti despite accusations of corruption and embezzlement, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Defense attorney Reynold Georges told the press that the former president known as “Baby Doc” is “is free to to whatever he wants, go wherever he wants,” AP reports.
The strongman was ousted and exiled from the Caribbean island nation in 1986. He was accused of pilfering hundreds of millions of dollars from the state treasury and being responsible for the torture and killing of political enemies.
Nearly 25 years after his exile, the autocratic leader returned to his Caribbean homeland on Sunday. He had been living in Paris.
A Haitian judge is reportedly looking into whether there is sufficient evidence to try Duvalier on corruption and embezzlement charges, AP reports. That process can take up to three months.