- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
CNN is reporting that former Georgia congressman and recent Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is on the legal team helping former Haitian leader Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in his effort to recover millions of dollars in assets frozen in Swiss bank accounts.
Here’s what Barr, who is working with two other Georgia attorneys, had to say:
"I deal with allegations all the time," he said. "They are the cheapest commodity on the market."
Barr said he returned to Port-au-Prince for the first time in nearly 30 years because he believed Duvalier is genuinely interested in alleviating Haiti’s suffering. He said the Caribbean nation was in worse shape now than it was when Duvalier was at the helm.
"I also am reminded of others who have risen from the ashes," Barr said. "The city of Atlanta is the Phoenix city. The people of Haiti, likewise, will rise from the problems created by last year’s earthquake and emerge stronger and better than before. That I know is Mr. Duvalier’s deep wish and something that he knows in his heart."
Elizabeth Abbott wrote about the legacy of Duvalier’s reign for FP last week.