The attack on Jacqueline Moudeina occured when a demonstration, held on 11 June 2001 in front of the French Embassy to denounce alleged irregularities during the Presidential elections, was reportedly violently dispersed by the police, under the orders of Mahamat Wakaye, the Chief Police Commissioner and a close colleague of former dictator Hissen Habré.
Jacqueline Moudeina was seriously wounded by a hand grenade,requiring over a year’s medical attention in France. According to reports by several witnesses, Mahamat Wakaye had given the order to his men to target Jacqueline Moudeina specifically.She was targeted because she works as a lawyer for the victims of the Hissen Habré regime.
On 18 March 2002, Jacqueline Moudeina reportedly lodged a complaint with the tribunal of N’Djaména along with six other women against Commissioners Mahamat Wakaye, Mahamat Idriss and Taher Babouri, for illegitimate use of forces and serious injuries. It is reported that the hearing, originally scheduled for 16 September 2003, was adjourned many times.