AU to ask Senegal to extradite former Chadian president Habré

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African heads of State and government on Monday decided to ask Senegal to extradite the former Chadian president Hissène Habré to N’Djamena if the Senegalese authorities do not set up a special court to begin his trial in four months.

A resolution entitled "Decision on Hissène Habré" adopted at the end of the 16th African Union (AU) summit, said the former Chadian president (1982-1990) would stand trial, after his extradition, at an African extraordinary court, the majority of whose judges would be named by the African Union.

"Chad will be asked to cancel the application of all verdicts or sentences already announced against Hissène Habré," the heads of State said.

They stressed that all arrangements would be made to obtain from the Chadian government verifiable guarantees for a fair trial and security of the former Chadian dictator.

The resolution said the AU would contribute US$1 million to the trial of Habré before an African court set up in Senegal or Chad.

A human rights group, the African Rally of Human Rights (RADDHO),  recently said the former Chadian president, who had lived in exile in Senegal for 20 years, had developed such "personal ties" that he could not stand trial anywhere than in his own country.

Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade has several times threatened to extradite Habré to Belgium or Chad because of lack of funds to try him.
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31 january 2011 20:31:20

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