Chad’s Ex-Ruler Looks At Life Sentence As Prosecutors Make Charges


Former Chad ruler may face life sentence in Senegal if found guilty of the charges in the ongoing trials which webs in war crimes, inhumanity and torture related crimes.

This is as a result of a recent prescription by Prosecutors in the landmark human rights trial of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre, which demands that the ex ruler faces life in prison if he is convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture.

The ex leader has been facing charges in a Senegalese court located at the heart of the county since last July and a pronouncement is heavily expected this year.

The grill by the court is actually the first time a local court system in one country has tried a former leader of another on charges concerning rights.

The ex Chad ruler Habre, ruled from 1982 to 1990 before he was overthrown in a coup in 1990. He fled into exile in Senegal and stayed in custody in 2000.

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In 2012, a Belgian judge gained a ruling from the United Nations’ top court, the International Court of Justice, ordering Senegal to try or hand him over to the country. A year later, the Extraordinary African Chambers was created for the trial.

According to Rights advocates, the case will pave a different way for justice to the International Criminal Court located in The Hague.

Numerous heads of state in African have confessed doubts and mistrusts about the ICC, accusing the court of probing abuses that happen majorly in Africa and overlooking the rest of the world.

Habre has remained widely quiet during the case and his lawyers have said the proceedings are illegal. On Thursday, the defence will deliver its last statements – the statement that might save or thrust him into the jail for life.

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