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Chad's former dictator found guilty, sentenced to life for abuses

30 May 2016, 19:06

Dakar - A judge has declared Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.

Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam delivered the verdict and sentence on Monday in a packed courtroom.

The landmark trial is the first time one country has tried the former leader of another for crimes against humanity. Habre was convicted of being responsible for some 40 000 deaths during his rule, according to a truth commission report.

The ex-dictator has denounced his trial on war crimes charges as being politically motivated.

Habre has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the court and had to be physically dragged into the courtroom in July. The former head of state did not stand up or respond when called on by the judge.

After living in exile in Senegal for 22 years, Habre was detained in Dakar in July 2013, less than 72 hours after US President Barack Obama expressed his support for a trial during a visit to Senegal.

The Extraordinary African Chambers was formed by Senegal and the African Union to try Habre, who has lived in Senegal's capital since fleeing Chad in 1990.

Victims react Habre's sentence:

- AP


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