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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Chad's ex-ruler Habre convicted of war crimes

Former Chad President Hissene Habre, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule.
The verdict capped a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former strongman to justice in Senegal, where he fled after being ousted in a 1990 coup.

Habre, 73, was sentenced to life in prison by the Special African Chamber, a tribunal created in 2013 by Senegal and the African Union. He was also convicted of rape.

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