Djibouti army general sues NGO in Paris

Paris- France (PANA) -- A correctional court here will next Tuesday begin hearing a defamation case filed by the deputy Djibouti army chief of staff, General Ibrahim Zakaria, against the Association for the Respect of Human Rights in Djibouti (ARDHD), judicial sources disclosed Thursday.
The ARDHD's chairman Jean-Loup Schaal will personally appear to answer the defamation charge filed by General Zakaria in July 2004.
The human rights NGO, represented by lawyer Roger-Vincent Calatayud, has indicated that it will produce French and Djibouti witnesses, including two former Djibouti gendarmerie officers currently living as refugees in Europe.
According to the ARDHD, its witnesses would confirm the "serious human rights violations" cited on its Internet Website against the deputy chief of staff of the Djibouti army.
Two other cases, including one in which Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is accused of involvement in the assassination of a French judge, Bernard Borrel, in 1994, are also pending in French courts.

13 أكتوبر 2005 16:36:00

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