Amnesty denounces the “secret detention” of relatives of an opponent killed by the army

Amnesty denounces the “secret detention” of relatives of an opponent killed by the army
Amnesty denounces the “secret detention” of relatives of an opponent killed by the army

Around twenty members of Yaya Dillo’s family have been “held incommunicado” in Chad since the death of this fierce opponent killed by the army two months before the presidential election won in early May by the former head of the ruling junta, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, Amnesty International assured Tuesday.

Mr. Dillo, cousin of Mahamat Déby and expected to be his most dangerous rival for the vote, was killed on February 28 by soldiers of the presidential guard in the assault on the headquarters of his Socialist Party without Borders (PSF). “Assassinated” according to the opposition, with a “point-blank bullet to the head” according to the PSF.

This was denied by the military, citing the need to apprehend Mr. Dillo, suspected of having carried out an “attack” against the intelligence services and trying to free an arrested official of his party.

“Twenty-six people”, “all members of his family”, including “three children”, have been “held incommunicado for more than three months” in the Koro Toro prison, in the middle of the desert, “following of the assault” against the PSF, assures Amnesty in a press release.

Amnesty has been citing “a repressive pattern targeting opposition supporters in Chad” for more than three years.

A young general of 37 years old at the time, Mahamat Déby was proclaimed by the army on April 20, 2021 head of state, at the head of a junta of 15 generals, upon the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno, killed by rebels by going to the front after having ruled Chad with an iron fist for 30 years.

Three years later, Mahamat Déby was elected president on May 6 with 61% of the votes according to official results, in a vote boycotted by part of the opposition and described by international NGOs as “neither free”, “nor credible”.

And tainted for three years, according to them, by the violent “repression” – sometimes bloody – of all opposition.

The rights of the 26 detainees “continue to be flagrantly violated”, protests Amnesty, which urges the Chadian authorities to respect “human rights”. In particular, that they be “released without delay” if they are not “quickly charged with an offense” and “tried in compliance with international standards of fair trials”.

Western capitals and international NGOs have called for an “independent investigation” to elucidate the causes of Mr. Dillo’s death. In vain for now. A request reiterated Tuesday by Amnesty International.

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