Senegal: Sall govt. preparing to put Hissen Habre on trial
The Macky Sall government in Senegal has assured that it will give former Chadian President Hissen Habre a fair and equitable trial. as the country’s Justice Ministry announced plans to try him for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture.
A Habre trial will come after years of delay and calls by human rights groups for the former Chadian dictator to be tried in Senegal or sent to Belgium for trial.
Ex-President Habre, who is now 69, fled to Senegal after being overthrown in 1990 by Chad’s current President Idriss Deby.
A Justice Ministry statement over the weekend emphasized Senegal’s strong determination to combat all forms of impunity, whoever the accused may be, with a fair and equitable trial.
A working group met at the weekend to debate the practical aspects of staging the trial, in line with Senegal's international commitments and with the support of the African Union.
The group comprises representatives of the judiciary, the prison system, the foreign ministry and human rights groups.