Former president sentenced to life imprisonment over crimes against humanity

Former president sentenced to life imprisonment over crimes against humanity

Hissene
Habre a former president of Chad Republic has been sentenced to death
by a special court in Senegal setup by African Union named Extraordinary
African Chambers (CAE). He was indicted in the case of over 40,000
people killed, kidnapped, raped or tortured under his 1982-1990 rule as
president.

In 1990 he fled to Senegal when he was overthrown by
current Chad president Idriss Derby. It’s been 11 years since a court in
Belgium issued a warrant for him and 26 years since he fled Chad. His
sentence threw residents of Chad into wild jubilation on Monday.

Reacting to verdict one of the victim’s representatives said:

“It
is the first time that an African head of state has been found guilty
in another African country. This will be a lesson to other dictators in
Africa who are still there and impose dictatorship.”

On her part, his wife, Fatim Raymonde Habre described saying:

“a
trial that is not worthy of the rule of law. There were no defence
witnesses and no investigation. And today it was so miserable when I
heard the judge speaking. I did not see a solid legal argument worthy of
justice.”