Thursday, March 31, 2011

CHAD - ICC jurisdiction to prosecute Habré

The deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda said the facts would have been guilty of former Chadian dictator predate the creation of the international body said the Senegalese newspaper Wal Fadjri. It therefore recognizes her incompetence by applying the legal principle of non-retroactivity of the law.

The former head of state of Chad lives in exile in Senegal since his transfer in 1990 in a coup led by current President Idriss Deby. He is accused of thousands of political killings, massacres and torture during his eight year presidency. According to a national commission of inquiry, the death toll would rise to 40,000 dead and 20,000 missing.

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