Former Chad Dictator Hissene Habre Found Guilty of War Crimes

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been found guilty for atrocities committed during his eight-year rule and sentenced to life in prison.

A special tribunal in Senegal issued its verdict Monday, convicting Habre of war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and a number of other charges. It said Habre also personally raped a female detainee four times.

Human Rights Watch, which worked closely with victims of Habre to bring him to trial, said the verdict sends a message that “the days when tyrants could brutalize their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end.”

Habre was responsible for thousands of political killings during his rule in Chad from 1982 to 1990. He fled to Senegal after being overthrown by Chad’s current president, Idriss Deby.

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