World Former Chad President Sentenced To Life Imprisonment



Former Chad President Hissene Habre has been found guilty of crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his rule from 1982-1990.

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He was sentenced by the Special African Chamber in Senegal to life in prison. It marks the first time that the court created by the African Union has tried a former leader for human rights abuses.

The 73-year-old denied all charges and refused to acknowledge the authority of the court.

The trial was the culmination of a 25-year campaign by the victims and human rights activists to bring Habre to justice.