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Former Chadian ruler sentenced to life by Senegal court

Former Chadian ruler sentenced to life by Senegal court

Senegal

Former Chadian president, Hissene Habre, has been sentenced to life in prison on Monday for war-crimes and crimes against humanity during his eight-year military rule.

The sentence was handed by a special court, Special African Chamber (CAE), created by the African Union and Senegal, where he was arrested in 2013 while on exile.

Proceedings delayed as a result of Habre’s refusal to recognise the CAE and sometimes was forced to appear in court.

Habre’s lawyers now have two weeks to launch an appeal.

The 74-year-old, who was toppled in a coup in 1990, was convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings and torture of thousands of political opponents from 1982 to 1990.

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