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War Criminal: Hissène Habré

Human rights groups holds Hissène Habré, former leader of Chad from 1982 until 1990 responsible for killing thousands of people. For the crimes he committed he received the nickname “the African Pinochet”, after the Chilean president. Habré  has been exile in Senegal for more than 20 years. During that time Begium had filed four request for his extradition, three have been denied and the last one is still pending. Habré was first indicted in Sengegal in 200. The charged held against Habré are for crimes against humanity, torture, war crimes and other human rights violations. Under the Senegal protection it’s very difficult as shown in the pass to bring Hissène Habré to court. “We hope that the world court will see through the Senegalese government’s charades and will order Senegal to hand Habré over to Belgium to face trial.”- Clement Abaifouta, president of the Association of Victims of the Crimes of Hissène Habré


3 responses to “War Criminal: Hissène Habré

  1. kmumass February 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I do not understand how this can be allowed. Why isnt the World Court stepping in. This is not the most high profile case but it definately needs to be addressed looking at the facts it fits the criteria for intervention. What is Senegal’s reason for protecting him? It legally has to hand over this man there is a warrant for him.

  2. Alana Tiemessen February 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    In response to the above, the ICC would not have jurisdiction over these crimes because of when they were committed. Remember – ICC can only takes cases that occurred after 2002 in States Parties.

  3. umassyl February 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    The Senegalese claimed “lack of jurisdiction” during his first extradition and during his third they claimed that “the copy of the international arrest warrant submitted to the dossier was not authentic”.

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