Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
DAKAR - Senegal's parliament passed a bill to allow its courts to try former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre over alleged torture and political killings during his rule, a legislator said.
Victim associations and human rights campaigners accuse Habre of being responsible for thousands of killings, systematic torture and ethnic cleansing during his 1982-1990 rule.
Senegal, where Habre has lived in exile since he was toppled in a military coup, has been mandated by the African Union to try Habre, but its judicial system was not competent to try crimes committed abroad or offences more than 10 years old.
"Now our laws allow us to try Habre," Doudou Wade, who heads the ruling Democratic Party's parliamentary grouping, told Reuters after the national assembly voted to pass the bill modifying the legal code late on Tuesday.
Legal experts say Habre's trial will be the first time one developing nation has tried someone for human rights crimes committed in another.
It will be a landmark case in Africa. where most attempts to prosecute former heads of state have failed.
Nevertheless, the trial is unlikely to begin soon. - Reuters