AU considers trial panel for Hissène Habré in Senegal

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 16th African Union (AU) summit, which opened on Sunday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, will look into a proposal to set up a special judicial chamber in Senegal to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré, according to official sources.

According to the chairman of the African rally of human rights (RADDHO), Alioune Tine, the proposal would be approved before being handed over to the Senegalese government.

"We wish that Senegal accepts the proposal that the chamber be set up there so that victims of Habré's misrule, who have waited for so long can now obtain redress and compensation. The project is a good alternative and would not pose any serious financial difficulties for Senegal," he said.  

Wade has in the past said the only thing preventing him from trying Habre was lack of money but AU sources say donor nations have pledged to contribute funds.

Habre has been blamed for the killing and torturing of thousands during his rule from 1982 to 1990, when he overthrown. He has since been living in Senegal.

A decision on the fate of the former Chadian president will be taken at 16th AU summit which ends on Monday.
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30 january 2011 18:26:43

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