Chad: Several members of Hinda Déby Itno’s family are suspects in a murder case

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Wednesday, 22 December 2021 12:46

Hinda Deby Itno at the Musée d'Orsay, November 2018 © Ian Langsdon/AP/SIPA

Following the murder of a Chadian colonel, six people are being held in custody on the premises of the intelligence agency. Among them are relatives of former president Idriss Déby Itno.

Six people have been held in custody at Chad’s Direction des Renseignements Généraux since 17 December. According to our information, they are being detained within the context of an investigation that was launched at the request of Souleyman Abakar Adoum, the minister of public security, and entrusted to the Renseignements Généraux, led by Baba Laddé, and Ahmed Kogri’s Agence Nationale de Sécurité (ANS).

The aim of the investigations and interrogations is to clarify the circumstances and reasons for Colonel Nousradine Khamis Hassaballah’s death, which occurred on 9 December in N’Djamena. On that evening, he was shot twice in the centre of the capital, while in his vehicle.

Two of Hinda Déby Itno’s brothers

Investigators believe that the murder could be linked to a property dispute between the victim and certain relatives of former first lady Hinda Déby Itno. In fact, Ahmat Khazali Mahamat Acyl – a former minister, current director of the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale (CNPS) and former president Idriss Déby Itno’s brother-in-law – had evicted Hassaballah from his home and then moved in.

A few hours after the colonel’s death, Acyl’s home was attacked by armed men. The Renseignements Généraux is therefore trying to figure out if the head of the CNPS, who was taken into custody on 17 December, played a role in the murder. Another one of Hinda Déby Itno’s brothers – Khoudar Mahamat Acyl, Idriss Déby Itno’s former aide de camp – was also detained for questioning that same day.

Arrests in both families

According to our information, two members of the Déby family are also being held in custody on the premises of the Renseignements Généraux within the context of this same case. They are Adam Timan Déby, the former president’s nephew (who was in charge of the presidency’s agenda), and Nassour Oumar Kessou, the brother of Mahamat Oumar Kessou, director of the Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés.

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The last two people being detained in this case are two members of the victim’s family, Hassan Dirgui Madi and Ali Bachar. According to a source at the Renseignements Généraux, the investigation was still ongoing as of 20 December. Its conclusions were due to be handed over to the Ministry of Public Security, which will decide whether or not to prosecute. The ministry has also promised an award of 50m CFA francs for any information that could help the investigation.

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