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Duvalier’s Swiss Account Money Going Back to Haiti

After decades of waiting, the money in Jean-Claude Duvalier’s Swiss bank account will finally go back to Haiti, from which it was taken. Haiti – Justice : The Swiss fund of JC Duvalier, will be returned to Haiti HaitiLibre December 18, 2013 Former President Jean-Claude Duvalier and his family not having made appeal against the decision of the Federal Administrative Court (TAF) which confirmed the blocking of its assets in Switzerland neither challenged the request for confiscation of property that was filed in April 2011 by the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), the way is now open for the restitution procedure to Haiti of the assets of former President. End of 2010, assets frozen in Switzerland amounted to more than 5 million francs. (± 5.5 million U.S. dollars). According to the judges of the TAF, the former president of Haiti […]

Swiss government extends freeze on “Baby Doc” accounts

Haiti: Swiss govt extends freeze on \’Baby Doc\’ accounts BY Following legal moves by a Miami-based law firm representing two victims of the Duvalier dictatorship, and a spirited lobbying campaign by Haitian, Latin American and European NGOs over recent weeks The Swiss government announced last week that it had extended a freeze on Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Swiss bank accounts for a further three months. Release The money, 7.6m Swiss francs (�3.1m/US$6.2m), has been frozen for the past five years as the Haitian government has argued for its release, but was due to be surrendered to Duvalier on 3 June. Now the accounts will remain blocked for a further three months from 3 June, according to Swiss government spokesman Oswald Sigg. He stated that the Swiss foreign ministry would now try to resolve the situation with the Duvalier family and […]

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