Haitian leader could pardon Duvalier

DAVOS, Switzerland - Haiti’s president suggested that he might pardon former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, saying reconciliation for his nation is more important than making the man known as “Baby Doc’’ pay for his bloody rule.

In an interview, Michel Martelly vowed to respect the judge expected to rule within days whether Duvalier should face trial on corruption and human rights violations. Duvalier went into exile in 1986 and returned to Haiti a year ago.

But Martelly suggested he has little appetite for a trial that could be explosive for the nation, recovering from decades of political turmoil and a devastating earthquake two years ago.


“My way of thinking is to create a situation where we rally everyone together and create peace and pardon people, to not forget about the past - because we need to learn from it - but to mainly think about the future,’’ he said. “You cannot forget those who suffered in that time, but I do believe that we need that reconciliation in Haiti.’’