Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Ex-Chad leader sentenced to life in prison for war crimes

By News Express on 30/05/2016

Gmail icon

Views: 2,365


An African court on Monday sentenced former Chadian President Hissene Habre to life in prison for crimes against humanity in a landmark case that rights groups say could open the door for more war crimes convictions on the continent.

Habre was found guilty of rape, sexual slavery and ordering the killings of 40,000 people during his rule between 1982 and 1990. He denied the accusations in the 11-month trial and refused to recognise the legitimacy of the court.

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

“This verdict sends a powerful message that the days when tyrants could brutalise their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end,” tweeted a Human Rights Watch lawyer Reed Brody, who was inside the courthouse in Dakar, Senegal, where Habre was tried. Habre attended Monday's hearing wearing a turban and sunglasses.

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.

A Senegalese judge first indicted Habre in 2000, but the case stalled several times over the years. It wasn't until 2012 that progress was made on the trial when Macky Sall became Senegal’s President, and the International Court of Justice ordered Senegal to prosecute Habre or extradite him.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed Monday’s verdict. “This ruling is a landmark in the global fight against impunity for atrocities, including war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Kerry said in a statement.

Amnesty International also praised the verdict as “a victory for those victims who fought tirelessly to ensure Hissene Habre could not get away with crimes under international law.”

“This landmark decision should also provide impetus to the African Union or individual African states to replicate such efforts to deliver justice to victims in other countries in the continent,” said Gaetan Mootoo, an Amnesty International West Africa researcher.

The trial against Habre opened in Senegal in July 2015, and 69 victims, 23 witnesses and 10 expert witnesses testified during the proceedings, Amnesty said, adding that the case “sets a new benchmark for efforts to end impunity in Africa.”

Habre’s attorneys refused to appear at the opening of the trial because they considered the court to be illegitimate. The court appointed three Senegalese lawyers to defend him, and after a brief adjournment, Habre was brought back in to court by force to be tried. (CNN)

•Photo shows convicted former Chadian President Hissene Habre.

Source News Express

Posted 30/05/2016 8:48:02 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Pastor butchered in Rivers, used for pepper soup...

Saraki’s Trial: Defence Counsel drills prosecution witness

Court orders EFCC to re-arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide

Politician moves to divorce wife for being talkative...

Abia government targets N2bn IGR, N1bn wage bill...

FC Ifeanyi Ubah players and officials to get...

US Senators seek punishment for Nigeria over anti-gay...

World Bank to spend $495m on irrigation projects...

Boko Haram installs emirs in Gwoza, Damboa •Declare...

Where are Sowore, Ohimai, Dadiyata? Asks Fredrick Nwabufo...

Today’s weather, as forecast by NiMET

Fuel queues resurface in Abuja

 

Latest News Nigerian rapper commits suicide Imo guber: Ihedioha floors Ararume, Uche Nwosu at election tribunal 4 Boko Haram members arrested in Borno Man drowns seconds after proposing to girlfriend Gunmen kidnap ASUP chair, four others in Oyo Air Force kills more terrorists, destroys hideouts in Borno Ngige to APGA: 2021 is end of your reign in Anambra Gov Abiodun declares free education, scraps N3,700 school fees in Ogun 650 pupils sacked as flood takes over school in Anambra Police arrest 75-year -old man for defiling 5-year-old girl in Enugu Protest in Ughelli over alleged SARS shooting 27 bandits granted amnesty

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (542,561 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,862 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (390,321 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (327,206 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (295,353 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (254,022 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (250,321 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (239,077 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (232,009 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (217,990 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (196,280 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,845 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,454) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,113) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (666) Features (814) Global Business Monitor (445) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,970) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (171) Maggie's Blog (418) News (51,592) Opinion (1,361) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,467) Religion (1,102) Sports (2,173) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera