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Tuesday
Mar292011

Amb. Rice: U.S. Not Ruling Out Deal for Moammar Gadhafi Exile

ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Is there a deal in the works to give Moammar Gadhafi safe haven out of Libya?  There are lots of tantalizing clues out there Tuesday, with the New York Post and the Times of London reporting Italian officials are developing a plan that would grant Gadhafi immunity from war crimes prosecution if he goes into exile.  And when UN Ambassador Susan Rice was asked about the idea on Tuesday's Good Morning America, she opened the door pretty far.

“The expectation, both of the Libyan people and the international community is that there needs to be justice for the crimes that are committed,” she said. “But obviously should there be an opportunity for some sort of arrangement for Gadhafi to step aside that is something the Libyan people will have to judge and we will take it as it comes.”

Rice suggested twice that the U.S. would follow the lead of the Libyan rebels. If they’re ok with the deal, all indications point to the U.S. signing off too. Administration officials also say that the U.S. is still getting feelers about a peaceful endgame from people close to Gadhafi. Amb. Rice didn’t deny that either, but said the U.S. needs to see something more concrete.

“I think we will be more persuaded by actions rather than prospects or feelers and I think that the message for Gadhafi and those closest to him is that history is not on his side, time is not on his side, the pressure is mounting, the sanctions are biting and he needs to take a decision that will be for the benefit of the Libyan people,” she said.

Rice also didn’t rule out having the U.S. arm the Libyan rebels if Gadhafi doesn’t go.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Amnesty International Wants Haiti's "Baby Doc" Prosecuted

Photo Courtesy - Mario Tama/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- No one is entirely sure why Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has returned to Haiti after 25 years, but some civil rights groups know what they'd like to do with him.

Duvalier fled to France in 1986 after a 15-year rule of Haiti that was marked by repression and fraud.  Now, Amnesty International and other organizations say that the former dictator must face the consequences of his actions.

Amnesty International Haiti expert Gerardo Ducos said his group has "documented serious human rights violations such as torture, forced disappearances, rape, extra-judicial executions and murders," which he says occurred on Duvalier's watch.

Duvalier, who took over the country from his late father, "Papa Doc" Duvalier, a similarly reviled figure, hasn't publicly announced why he's ended his long exile.  Both were blamed for using a paramilitary force that killed thousands of people.

Arresting Duvalier may be difficult, given the chaotic situation that exists in Haiti following last year's devastating earthquake, and the political instability that resulted after recent presidential elections could not determine the country's next leader.

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