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Ex-Chad leader sentenced to life for war crimes

A Senegalese court on Monday, 30 May 2016, sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to life in prison.

Habré was convicted for crimes against humanity in a landmark case that rights groups say could open the door for more war crimes convictions on the continent.

Habré was found guilty and convicted of rape, including having raped a woman himself, sexual slavery and ordering the killings of 40,000 people during his rule from 1982 before being deposed in 1990.

The Extraordinary African Chambers was set up in Dakar, with the backing of the African Union in February 2013 to prosecute the “person or persons” most responsible for war crimes committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990 when Habre was President.

The decision makes Habré the first African former head of state to be convicted on the continent, according to Human Rights Watch.

Source: CNN

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