The suspension followed a statement by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay who expressed deep concern that Habré could be tortured in Chad. Pillay urged the Senegalese government to review its decision and to ensure that fair trial rights will be respected and that he will not be subjected to torture or the death penalty.
Senegal is State Party to the Convention against Torture (CAT) which prohibits an extradition if there are substantial grounds to believe the extradited person would be in danger of being tortured.
Habré was also charged by Belgium for crimes against humanity and torture which led to Habré's arrest in Senegal in 2005. Belgium has also asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to extradite Habré to Belgium.