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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 08:00 AM
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Switzerland blocks funds of Haiti ex-leader Duvalier
Source: BBC News

Switzerland has blocked funds held in Swiss bank accounts by Haiti's former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier under a law that has just come into force.

The funds of some $6m (3.7m) were frozen in 1986 after Mr Duvalier was ousted as Haitian president.

Last year, a Swiss court ruled that the money be returned to him but the Bern government sought a new law covering the restitution of the money to Haiti.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12332329
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 08:12 AM
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1. Politicians and ill gotten gains
Last year, a Swiss court ruled that the money be returned to him but the Bern government sought a new law covering the restitution of the money to Haiti.


It is about time.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 08:17 AM
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2. One theory was that Duvalier returned to Haiti to get his hands on the money
He was hoping that if he went a few days in Haiti without being arrested, before the new law came in, he'd be able to persuade the Swiss authorities that Haiti wasn't really serious about him getting the money illegally. But they saw through that, and arrested him in time.
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