Senegal president calls for Africa 'dictator' court

[JURIST] Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade has called for the creation of an African tribunal that would hear abuse charges against the continent's "dictators", similar to those leveled against former Chad President Hissene Habre [HRW profile]. Wade's comments come as Habre resides in Senegal awaiting a decision from the African Union [official website] as to whether he must be extradited to Belgium [JURIST report]. Belgian prosecutors have charged Habre with crimes against humanity [JURIST report] under that country's universal jurisdiction laws for the murder and torture of political opponents during his time in power. A Senegalese court recently held it did not have the power to decide on his extradition [JURIST report]. Habre has lived in Senegal for 15 years and denies knowledge of any atrocities allegedly committed under his 1982-90 rule of Chad. BBC News has more.

 

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