By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- So call General Mahamat Nouri, one of Chad’s main rebel leader was detained at his Paris home on Monday over alleged crimes against humanity committed in Sudan, according to French authorities.
The banished leader of the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD) was kept in custody in Paris in line “his activities in Sudan between 2005 and 2010,” a group spokesman furnished the media.
Paris prosecutors confirmed his arrest along with that of two other Chadian rebels as part of an investigation opened last month into crimes against humanity and similar charges.
The UFDD which was founded by Nouri, is one of the main groups opposing President Idriss Deby Itnno. Some of its forces are based in Southern Libya. In 2008,the UFDD joined forces with other rebel groups in a way to overthrow the regime, with the rebels reaching the gate of the Presidential Palace in N’Djamena before being repelled by the army with the support of French troops.
Two years later, Nouri and two other rebel chiefs were expelled from Sudan where they had based their operations for many years. Their expulsion came just months after Khartoum and N’Djamena stabilized situations following years of tension evidenced by mutual accusations that each side was supporting the other’s rebels. Nouri has previously had a base in Qatar.
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent
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