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Haiti won't hold state funeral for former dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, lawyer says

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2011 file photo, former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's supporters help him negotiate an uneven path during a visit to his mother's hometown and grave site in Leogane, Haiti. Duvalier, the self-designated "president-for-life" who died Oct. 4, 2014, from an apparent heart attack, will not get a formal state funeral, but have a "simple, private,"funeral arranged by friends and family in Haiti, attorney Reynolds Georges said in an interview. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2011 file photo, former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's supporters help him negotiate an uneven path during a visit to his mother's hometown and grave site in Leogane, Haiti. Duvalier, the self-designated "president-for-life" who died Oct. 4, 2014, from an apparent heart attack, will not get a formal state funeral, but have a "simple, private,"funeral arranged by friends and family in Haiti, attorney Reynolds Georges said in an interview. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)  (The Associated Press)

The long-time lawyer for Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier says Haiti will not hold a state funeral for the former dictator.

Attorney Reynolds Georges says he had been told that the Haitian government had been planning a public ceremony for Duvalier following his Oct. 4 death from an apparent heart attack.

Georges tells The Associated Press that the government of President Michel Martelly apparently changed course. He said in an interview Thursday that Duvalier's family and friends are organizing a "simple, private" funeral on Saturday.

He says he's not sure if Martelly will attend but he does expect mourners from around the country. A government spokesman declined comment.

Duvalier presided over a regime widely acknowledged as brutal and corrupt until his ouster in 1986. He returned from a 25-year-exile in 2011.