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Chad: Further information on torture / fear of torture / medical concern

, N° d'index: AFR 20/009/1997

Nestor Mbailo, Vincent Mbainaissem, farmer, Gregoire Boltoungar, Fleuri Nebadjingum: The above four men remain detained without charge in Moundou prison. They were arrested in August and September 1996. Reports that they were tortured and ill-treated in the early stages of their detention are not believed to have been investigated.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 20/09/97
22 April 1997
Further information on UA 298/96 (AFR 20/16/96, 20 December 1996) and follow-up
(AFR 20/03/97, 28 February 1997) - Torture / Fear of torture / Medical concern
CHADNestor MBAÏLO
Vincent MBAÏNAISSEM
Grégoire BOLTOUNGAR
Fleuri NEBADJINGUM
Nestor Mbaïlo, Vincent Mbaïnaissem, Grégoire Boltoungar and Fleuri Neradingam
have remained in detention without charge since their arrests in August and
September 1996.
Following arrest, they were held in the gendarmerie station (brigade de
gendarmerie) in Moundou, Logone Occidental, southern Chad. Although told by
the local authorities that, as suspected members of an armed opposition group
active in the area (the Forces armées pour la République dérale (FARF), Armed
Forces for a Federal Republic), they fell under the jurisdiction of the military
authorities, the Procureur de la République of Logone Occidental intervened
over the poor prison conditions in which they were held. Since his
intervention, the men have been held in Moundou prison, where conditions,
although still harsh, are better. Reports that they were tortured and
ill-treated in the early stages of their detention are not believed to have
been investigated.
Ongoing negotiations between the FARF and the Chadian government ended on 18
April 1997 with the signing of a peace accord between the Chadian government
and the FARF. The accord provided for, amongst other things, a general amnesty
for all FARF members, activists and sympathizers and a renunciation of armed
struggle by the FARF which would become a political party. The agreement
also states that FARF members will regroup in "regrouping centres" within a
period of 60 days from the signing of the accord and pending fulfilment of
certain points of the accord.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send faxes/express/airmail letters in French
or Arabic or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the continued detention without trial of Nestor Mbaïlo,
Vincent Mbaïnaissem, Grégoire Boltoungar and Fleuri Neradingam and urging that
they be released if they are not to be charged with recognizably criminal
offences;
- seeking assurances that the physical integrity of the detainees is being
safeguarded and that they have access to legal counsel, medical care and their
families;
- asking whether reports that the men were subjected to torture and ill-treatment
in the early stages of their detention have been investigated.
APPEALS TO:
President Idriss Déby
Président de la République
Présidence de la République
BP 74, N'DJAMENA, Chad
Faxes: + 235 51 45 01/51 46 53 (Please note: the 51 will change to 52 in the
near future)
Saluation: Monsieur le Président / Dear President
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Monsieur Ahmat Hassaballah Soubiane
Préfet de Moundou
Moundou
Logone occidental, Chad
Salutation: Monsieur le Préfet
Monsieur Youssouf Togoimi
Ministre des Forces armées
Minstère des Forces armées
N'DJAMENA, Chad
Salutation : Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
Monsieur Abdelkerim NADJO
Ministre de la Justice et Garde des sceaux
Ministère de la Justice
N’JAMENA, Chad
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Lieutenant Colonel DAOUD Soumaïne Khalil, Directeur Général de la Gendarmerie,
BP 425, N’DJAMENA, Chad
Maître Paul Wadana, Procureur de la République, Palais de Justice, Moundou,
Logone occidental, Chad
Le Rédacteur en chef, N'Djaména-Hebdo, BP 760, N'DJAMENA, Chad
and to diplomatic representatives of Chad accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 10 June 1997.

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