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Former Chadian President Habre Faces Trial for War Crimes

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Hissene Habre

The war crimes trial of Chadian former President Hissene Habre, has resumed today in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.

The trial which, comes 45 days after he and his lawyers boycotted the court, marks the first time an African ex-president faces justice in sub-Saharan Africa.

Habre stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, and will face the Extraordinary African Chambers, a special criminal court set up by the African Union within the Senegalese court system.

So far, about 2,500 of the dictator’s victims had submitted their testimonies, including those of Rights groups who accused the 72-year-old of being responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people during his time in power.

But Habre – who is said to have prevented all forms of opposition during his rule from 1982 to 1990 by using a system of arrest, torture and murder – refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the court.

The ex-president, who was previously dragged into the courtroom did not stand up or respond when called on by the judge when the trial began in July, instead he interrupted the proceedings shouting that it was a “farce’’.

The court has meanwhile appointed a new team of lawyers to represent Habre for the remainder of the trial.

Photo Credit: BBC

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. betterhealth.com.ng

    September 8, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Hissene Habre is not an Innocent man. Over 2,500 testimonies against him is not Some Joke.

  2. Tosin

    September 8, 2015 at 5:49 am

    was on a train one day and met someone from Chad. ignorant me was like, wow, so they actually have people there. they do. Africa needs Nigeria mennn, Nigeria get thine act together.

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