RFI reporter thrown out of Chad
RFI reporter Laurent Correau has been thrown out of Chad after being picked up at his hotel by two police officers, who struck and Human Rights Watch spokesperson Reed Brody before escorting Correau to the airport.
Correau was in Chad to prepare a series of reports ahead of the trial of former Chadian president Hissène Habré, which is to start in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on 20 July.
Habré, who fled to Senegal after being deposed, faces human rights charges relating to his time in office from 1982-1990.
He was with Brody in the restaurant at 10.00pm when two police officers arrived and told him he was to be deported.
They offered no reasons nor official documents, witnesses confirm.
When Correau tried to make some phone calls they became impatient and presented a badge, which Brody tried to photograph.
They then slapped Brody and Correau, who was then taken to the airport, without his glasses which he had lost in the melée.
The French ambassador, Evelyne Descorps, arrived at the airport in time to see Correau bundled onto an Air France plane bound for Paris but was unable to speak to him.
"I arrrived in Chad last Thursday and on Friday I went through the usual registration procedures," Correau told RFI. "The authorities told me clearly then that I could start work while waiting for the official document."
RFI management has protested against the deportation.
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