Daily Global Roundup: 1 February 2011

Switzerland blocks funds of Haiti ex-leader Duvalier

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.

Mr Duvalier last month made a surprise return to Haiti from exile.

He has been charged with theft and misappropriation of funds during his 1971-1986 rule and is also being sued for torture and other crimes against humanity.

Read more at BBC News

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