Bel­gium seeks court or­der on ex-chad leader

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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.

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