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Switzerland to Return Funds to Former Haitian Dictator 'Baby Doc'


Millions of dollars frozen in a Swiss bank account are set to be returned to former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Swiss officials say the funds, totaling $6.2 million, will be returned to the former Haitian leader, also known as "Baby Doc," next month unless the Haitian government produces evidence tying the money to corruption or crime.

Switzerland had earlier proposed a deal in which a large portion of the money would be given to Haitian authorities for humanitarian projects with the remainder going to the former dictator. However, the agreement has not been finalized.

The money had been frozen in his bank accounts in Switzerland since his 1986 ouster from office. The Swiss government is obligated by law to released the funds June 3.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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