A key opposition leader has asked prosecutors to begin an investigation into Chad’s military government, hoping to bring it before the International Criminal Court.
Succès Masra, president of the Chadian opposition party Les Transformateurs, and his lawyers want the court at The Hague to charge Chad’s Transitional Military Council with crimes against humanity.
Masra was at the forefront of the Oct 20 protests against the prolongation of the mandate of the ruling military junta. He fled the country shortly after as the government declared him “wanted”.
Scores of people were killed and hundreds injured when protests against the prolongation of military rule turned violent.
Masra instructed Paris-based international criminal law specialists William Bourdon & Vincent Brengarth, who then transmitted the request to the ICC on Nov 9.
In the thirty-page document the Paris law firm accuses the president of the Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, of being “the giver of the order for the generalised and systematic attacks” on the protesters.
Also cited in the document are the Chadian Minister of Public Security, General Idriss Dokony Adiker and Generals Moussa Haround Tirgo who is the Director General of the Chadian National Police, Ahmat Dary in charge of general intelligence and Taher Erda Tairo, head of the Chadian presidential guard.
Following a “National Sovereign Dialogue” which ended in October, the military government of Mahamat Deby announced it was extending its control of the country by two years. In the following protests more than 50 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded in towns and cities across the country.
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