Djibouti wants five French nationals for paedophilia
Djibouti issued international arrest warrants for five French nationals, two of whom held senior positions in the Horn of Africa nation.
DJIBOUTI, April 8, 2008 - Djibouti on Monday issued international arrest warrants for five French nationals, two of whom held senior positions in the Horn of Africa nation, for sexually abusing children, an investigator said.
The accused include two senior advisors to former president Hassan Gouled
Aptidon, who ruled from 1977 to 1999, a priest and two school teachers, said
Abdoulkader Ibrahim Issack, the investigating magistrate handling the case.
Issack told AFP that the mandates he issued arose from complaints filed
last year by two citizens of the small former French colony on the Gulf of
Aden, who are currently aged in their twenties.
According to them, the French nationals accused sexually abused school
pupils and street children placed in their care.
Issack said the five French nationals "have been summoned in relation to
the case but none of them has responded so far."
Several former French diplomats and military personnel are currently under
investigation for alleged child sex, he said.
Relations between Djibouti and former colonial ruler France have been
strained after a French court sentenced two close aides of President Ismael
Omar Guelleh to jail terms in absentia for bribing witnesses in a probe into
the 1995 murder of a French investigating magistrate, Bernard Borrel.
Borrel's half-burned body was found at the foot of a ravine 80 kilometres
(50 miles) from the town of Djibouti in October 1995.
His widow Elisabeth Borrel believes her husband was murdered by Djibouti
agents and that France helped the Djibouti authorities cover up the crime,
which has been officially dismissed as suicide.