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Haiti - Duvalier : Amnesty International's concerns
"Jean-Claude Duvalier cannot be beyond the reach of justice," according to Béatrice Vaugrante, an Amnesty International delegate who was present at the hearing of February 21 "The authorities in Haiti have the duty to do all they can to ensure he faces the courts for the systematic abuses that took place during his time in office. If he continues to avoid the hearing, he must be arrested," adding that "As the Public Prosecutor’s Office falls under the executive, there are risks that the court’s warrant might not be implemented."
Besides the delays and the lack of independence of the Public Prosecutor’s office, Amnesty International is concerned that the Court of Appeal does not seem to be in possession of the complete file which had been previously in the hands of the investigative judge Carvès Jean and is also expressed "worrying that the families of victims of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances and the survivors of torture committed during Duvalier’s time in power have not yet had a chance to be heard by the Court of Appeal."
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