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No Formal State Funeral Planned for 'Baby Doc' in Haiti

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FILE - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

FILE - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Former Haitian self-proclaimed president-for-life Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc," will receive no formal state funeral.

Instead. the brutal and corrupt Caribbean dictator will be remembered during a private ceremony Saturday at the chapel of a Catholic school he once attended in Port-au-Prince.

Duvalier's lawyer, Reynold Georges, said until recently the government of Haiti under President Michel Martelly was telling him it would give Duvalier an official state funeral.

When the Duvalier, 63, died, Martelly tweeted that he was "an authentic son of Haiti."

Officials have said publicly that no decision was ever made on a formal state funeral for Duvalier. He was ousted during a popular uprising in 1986 and later returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile.

At the time of his death, Duvalier was under a criminal inquiry for human rights abuses and allegations of corruption. However, the former dictator continued to move freely about the country and was often seen dining in restaurants around the capital.

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