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Ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre returns to prison

Ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre returns to prison

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<p><strong>Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre will return to prison in Senegal on Sunday after a two-month release aimed at protecting him from the coronavirus.</strong></p> <p>Habre seized power in Chad in 1982, fleeing to Senegal in 1990 after he was overthrown.</p> <p>The former leader — who is now in his late 70s — was jailed in Senegal in 2016 over abuses committed during years of iron-fisted rule in Chad.</p> <p>Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed under Habre’s leadership of the semi-desert country.</p> <p>But on April 6, a judge granted Habre a 60-day release from prison after his lawyer argued that his age left him particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.</p> <p>Habre’s supporters are ramping up efforts to have him freed, which has fuelled fear among his victims that the authorities might be gearing up to release him permanently.</p> <p>However, Babacar Dione of Senegal’s justice ministry told <span class="caps">AFP</span> that Habre would return to prison on Sunday.</p> <p>The former dictator had spent his 60 days of freedom under house arrest at his home in Ouakam in Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar.</p> <p>Senegalese authorities have recorded 4,328 cases of coronavirus to date, with 49 fatalities.</p> <p>A lawyer who represented Habre’s victims said in a statement on Sunday that “no one wants to see Habre himself unprotected,” despite atrocities committed under his rule.</p> <p>“But let’s remember that Habre was convicted of mass murder,” said Reed Brody, the human rights lawyer.</p> <p>“It would be a slap in the face to his victims for him to receive special treatment”.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>

It would be a slap in the face to his victims for him to receive special treatment.

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