Belgium seeks court order on ex-chad leader
THE HAGUE | Lawyers for Belgium urged the U.N.’S highest court Monday to order Senegal to prosecute former Chad dictator Hissene Habre or to extradite him for trial on charges of masterminding atrocities during his brutal eight-year rule.
Mr. Habre has lived in a luxury villa in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, since rebels ousted him 1990 and has become a symbol of Africa’s inability to try leaders from the continent accused of rights abuses.
The case at the International Court of Justice is about “taking a stand against impunity in the most serious crimes in international law,” Belgian representative Paul Rietjens told judges in the woodpaneled Great Hall of Justice.
Belgium indicted Mr. Habre in 2005 for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture based on complaints by survivors of his regime, some of whom have Belgian citizenship, but has failed to persuade Senegal to extradite him to Brussels despite repeated requests. Zareen.
“We are not sure how many died and how many survived,” he said.
Avalanches are common in the mountainous northern provinces, but extremely heavy snowfall this year has resulted in more avalanches than normal. At least 50 people died March 4 in an avalanche in Badakhshan province.