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Haiti's ex-ruler 'Baby Doc' Duvalier appears in court

1 March 2013 Last updated at 02:24 GMT

Haiti's former ruler Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has appeared in court for a hearing to determine if he can be charged with crimes against humanity.

At the hearing he denied responsibility for abuses carried out during his time as president, between 1971 and 1986.

Human rights groups say hundreds of political prisoners were tortured or killed under his rule.

He returned to Haiti in 2011 after spending 25 years in exile in France.

Beth McLeod reports.