30 May 2016

Chad: Former Dictator Habre Convicted in Senegal

Photo: Human Rights Watch
Former Chadian Dictator Hissene Habre.

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been found guilty for atrocities committed during his eight-year rule and sentenced to life in prison.

A special tribunal in Senegal issued its verdict Monday, convicting Habre of war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and a number of other charges.   It said Habre also personally raped a female detainee four times.

Habre has two weeks to appeal the decision from the Extraordinary African Chambers. Victims of Habre's rule have fought for a quarter-century to bring him to justice. He fled to Senegal and has lived there in exile since being overthrown in a coup in 1990.

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