Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Former Chad president Habre sentenced to life for war crimes

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity. The court in Senegal found Habre guilty of crimes against humanity, rape, forced slavery and kidnapping as well as ordering the killings of 40,000 people during his rule between 1982 and 1990. Habre had denied the accusations and refused to recognize the legitimacy of the court.

The 73-year-old showed little emotion as he heard the verdict, with his face covered partly by a turban and sunglasses. Mr Habre frequently disrupted proceedings during his trial. He shouted abuse, called the process “a farce”, and had to be carried into the court after refusing to appear.

In 2005, a court in Belgium issued a warrant for his arrest, claiming universal jurisdiction but, after Senegal referred the issue to the African Union, the AU asked Senegal to try Mr Habre “on behalf of Africa”

In 2013, a court in Chad sentenced him to death in absentia for crimes against humanity.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed the conviction of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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