Monday, January 21, 2008

Trial against Hissene Habré inches closer to reality

As promised, a delegation from the European Union arrives in Senegal to prepare for the trial of former Chadian Hissene Habré.

Since fleeing Chad in 1990, Habré has lived in Senegal. The former dictator will be tried in a special court for violating the rights of between 12,000 and 40,000 people.

From Afriquenligne:

The EU delegation will meet with President Abdoulaye Wade, who called for the help of the international community to organise the trial, which total cost is estimated at 28 million euros.

Belgium had issued an international arrest warrant against Habré following complaints lodged at the Brussels, Belgium, tribunal by four Chadian-born Belgians, but Senegal opposed his extradition.

Here is an outline of the issues surrounding this case and a summary of the evidence against Hissene Habré.

Mengistu Haile Mariam where are you?

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