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ICJ hears extradition request for Habre

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ICJ hears extradition request for Habre


The International Court of Justice in the Hague, on Monday, began hearing an extradition request for Hissen Habre, the former President of Chad. Lawyers are calling for Habre to be tried in Belgium for crimes against humanity.

The 69-year-old – who human rights groups have described as the “African Pinochet” – is alleged to have been behind the ethnic cleansing of an estimated 40,000 people during the 1980s.

Habre, who’s been in exile in Senegal since he was overthrown in 1990, denies the charges.

Authorities there have denied repeated requests to extradite the former president after Belgium issued an arrest warrant for him in 2005.

The following year, Senegal agreed to try Habré, who’s accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. But he has never gone on trial.

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