Namibia rights group calls for ICC investigation of ex-president

[JURIST] The Namibian human rights group National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) [advocacy website] Tuesday said that it has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate former Namibian President Sam Nujoma [BBC profile] in connection with the disappearance of over 4,200 people during the country's struggle for independence from South Africa in the second half of the 20th century. The NSHR said that Nujoma played a role in the disappearance of detainees during the movement for independence by the South West African Peoples Organisation (SWAPO) [Wikipedia backgrounder]. It is believed that people accused of spying for South Africa were held in underground cells and never released.

Nujoma was president of Namibia from 1990-2005 after the country gained its independence from South Africa. He was succeeded by fellow SWAPO member Hifikepunye Pohamba [BBC profile]. AFP has more.

 

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