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Belgium seeks world court order on ex-Chad leader

Belgium seeks world court order on ex-Chad leader

Lawyers for Belgium are urging the United Nations' highest court to order Senegal to prosecute former Chad dictator Hissene Habre or extradite him for trial in Brussels for allegedly masterminding atrocities during his brutal eight-year rule.
Habre has lived in Senegal since his 1990 ouster and has become a symbol of Africa's inability to try leaders from the continent accused of rights abuses.
Belgium indicted Habre in 2005 for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture but has failed to persuade Senegal to extradite him.
Belgian representative Paul Rietjens told the International Court of Justice on Monday the case is about "taking a stand against impunity in the most serious crimes in international law."


Updated : 2021-10-19 23:41 GMT+08:00