|Published:||Jan 23, 2011 2:07 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 22, 2011 11:07 PM EST|
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Haiti's president says ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier had every right to return home from exile, but must now face up to an investigation of alleged abuses during his reign.
President Rene Preval says that by law, Haitians cannot be barred from their homeland.
However he adds that "under the constitution, (Duvalier) must face justice."
Duvalier arrived in Haiti a week ago and has said he wants to help rebuild the earthquake-shattered country.
He quickly found himself under investigation for corruption, embezzlement, torture, arbitrary imprisonment, crimes against humanity and other allegations.
Preval spoke Saturday during a surprise visit to the neighboring Dominican Republic.
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