Senegal must prosecute ex-Chadian leader or extradite him: UN world court
The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Friday that Senegal must either prosecute former Chadian President Hissène Habré for war crimes or extradite him "without further delay."
The ICJ judgement (which is final and binding upon the Parties), is in response to a request by Belgium to prosecute Mr. Habré, who has been accused in a Senegalese court of massive human rights abuses committed by his regime during the 1980s.
Belgium 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. Senegal had maintained that its judiciary is competent to carry out the prosecution.
The ICJ, often referred to as ‘the World Court’, is the UN’s principal judicial organ. It settles legal disputes between States by delivering judgements (which are final and binding between the States involved) and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs and agencies.