Mahamat Nour Ibedou Questioned Concerning Statements About Prisoners Of War
Mahamat Nour Ibedou released after hours of questioning by the Judicial Police concerning statements he made about the welfare of Prisoners of War.
On Thursday July 15th in N’Djamena, Chad, The Judicial Police summoned Mahamat Nour Ibedou (Secretary General of the CTDDH, a local human rights group) to the Police Station for questioning.
The interrogation is the result of a complaint lodged by the Minister of Public Security regarding a declaration given in May by Mahamat Ibedou Secretary General of the CTDDH. Mahamat Ibedou’s May Declaration stated that 5 leading rebel figures captured in the latest fighting had been moved from their original place of detention to “a secret place” as well as reporting that 27 of the prisoners had died under torture.
Ndilyam Mouadjimtog, Ibedou’s lawyer stated that:
”He was asked to present the sources of his allegations, which he refused. The director of the Judicial Police then asked him to go home and come back tomorrow. If the procedure is closed, it will be referred to the prosecution ”Ndilyam Mouadjimtog
Ibedou is potentially facing charges of defamation but according to Ibedou’s lawyer his fate is in the hands of the public prosecutor “The desirability of the prosecution rests with the public prosecutor. When Mahamat Ibedou is in front of him, it is for him to answer if it is really appropriate to pursue him.”
While the Minister of Public Security asks for justification of Ibedou’s claims it seems to be in his power to resolve the issue by presenting the prisoners in question to prove their health.
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