Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 May 2009

Belgium / Senegal




Belgium / Senegal



NEW YORK, May 29, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued an order leaving former Chadian President Hissène Habré in the custody of Senegal, where he’s under house arrest for alleged crimes against humanity and torture.   Belgium had, in February, lodged a request to bar Habré from leaving Senegal while his trial is pending.  It had also sought to have him extradited to face charges in Belgium, citing, among other things, procedural delays in Senegal’s handling of the case.


In its order, the ICJ found that “there does not exist, in the circumstances of the present case, any urgency to justify” Belgium’s bid.  However, the Court also stressed that today’s order leaves unaffected Belgium’s right to pursue the case should new facts emerge.


Habré has been living in Senegal under house arrest for close to 20 years, the Court noted.  It also said that Senegal has given assurances it would not allow Habré to leave the country pending a final ICJ ruling on the matter.  And there is a press release and background on the ICJ website.



United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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