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Senegalese court refuses Hussein Habre extradition to Belgium

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Hussein Habre

On Wednesday, the Senegalese Justice denied the request for the extradition of Habré to Belgium. Exile in Senegal since his fall in 1990, the former Chadian dictator accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.
More bad news for the families of victims of Habré regime.

On Wednesday, the Senegalese Justice denied the request for extradition to Belgium of the former Chadian Head of State, charged with crimes against humanity. Exile in Senegal since his fall in 1990, Habré is suspected of being responsible for the deaths of about 40,000 people.

In power from 1982 to 1990, the former president was overthrown by Idriss Deby, still in place in N’Djamena.

“The indictment of the Dakar Court of Appeal held that the request of Belgium does not comply with the legal” Senegalese, explained a senior official of the Department of Justice. “Belgium has not complied with the procedure,” he said without elaborating. According to the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal in Dakar relied on two flaws to deny the request.

However, as Belgium request is turned down, Rwanda is in position to have Chadian former leader access justice in Rwanda.

First, Belgium has not delivered authentic documents in support of his request, but copies. Then, the minutes of the arrest and in custody of Habré would not have been joined to the proceedings.

Senegalese Justice is therefore rejected for the second time an extradition request from Belgium, also for reasons of flaws. Asked about the issue during an interview last week in France24 and RFI, President Abdoulaye Wade had said entering the Court of Appeal of the Belgian request and felt that Habré would be “very likely extradition to Belgium.”

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