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Chad: Ex-governor’s trial begins in N’Djamena

The trial of a former governor of Doba southern Chad opened in N’Djamena on Friday but was postponed to Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 to allow for substantive negotiations.Former governor Adam Noucky Charfadine and his co-defendants therefore returned to the Amsinene prison where for the past few weeks they have been detained.

At the opening of the trial, the session focused on the jurisdictional competence or not of the high court of N’Djamena.

For lawyer Doumra Manasse, the case should be referred to a criminal court and not a mere flagrante delicto.

Lawyers of the former governor pleaded procedural violation given that the Doba court had declared itself incompetent.

Charfadine rejects all charges against him.

He is accused of rebellion, attempted murder and other charges.

He is being tried in connection to the shootings perpetrated by gendarmes on the vehicle of lawyer Doumra Manasse after he obtained the release of his clients acquitted by the court of Doba.

Chadian judges and lawyers accuse the then governor of masterminding the act committed by the gendarmes.

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