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

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.