U.N.: "Baby Doc" Could Face Haiti Prosecution

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier waves to the media at the Toussaint Louverture international airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. Duvalier returned Sunday to Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile, a surprising and perplexing move that comes as his country struggles with a political crisis and the stalled effort to recover from last year's devastating earthquake.(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office says the return of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to his native country increases the chance that he could be charged with atrocities committed during his 15-year rule.

Duvalier has been living in France for the past quarter-century after a popular rebellion drove him into exile. He returned home on Sunday.

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Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Tuesday that it would be easier to bring charges against Duvalier in Haiti because the alleged crimes occurred there.

But he cautioned it is unclear whether Haiti's fragile judicial system is in a position to mount a case.

Duvalier's secret police tortured and murdered political opponents during his rule.