Chad minister says justice served with exdictator trial

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court, in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015, The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters. (AP Photo/Ibrahima Ndiaye) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “This is a historic trial for Africa, and represents justice for Chad victims,” Minister of Justice and Human Rights Mahamat Issa Halikimi said Wednesday in Senegal. “This will permit Chad to find reconciliation, and that is what’s most important.”Habre’s government was responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths, said Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari, citing a report published in May 1992 by a 10-member truth commission formed by Chad’s current President Idriss Deby.On March 25, Chad’s Criminal Court convicted 20 top security agents during Habre’s rule to life sentences and ordered they pay reparations to over 7,000 victims, according to Human Rights Watch.Chad’s government has offered about $3 million to support the trial in Senegal against Habre, Bakari said.Habre’s trial was suspended on Tuesday until Sept. 7 to allow court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense, after he refused representation.The former leader dismisses the tribunal as politically motivated.In 1990 Habre was overthrown and fled to Senegal, where he was eventually charged in 2013.Habre risks 30 years in jail if found guilty by the court, set up to try the ex-leader for the crimes during his rule from 1982-1990.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The trial for Chad’s ex-dictator Hissene Habre, accused in the deaths of thousands, represents justice for Chad victims and a path toward reconciliation, the country’s justice minister said Wednesday.The Extraordinary African Chambers, established by Senegal and the African Union, is trying Habre for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in an unprecedented case of one African country prosecuting the former ruler of another. Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories last_img

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