Senegal: Former Chadian leader carried into court for trial

| September 14, 2015

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The former Chadian president had to be carried into court at the re-start of his trial last week in Senegal. Later in the proceedings, he had to be restrained by security guards

Hissene Habre is accused of being responsible for thousands of killings and instances of torture during his eight-year rule. He has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the court.

The case is the first in which a former head of one African nation will be tried by a court in another.

The 72-year-old, who faces charges of war crimes, torture, and crimes against humanity, could be sentenced to life imprisonment if found guilty.

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Photo: A still taken from a video called “Facing Justice: Victims Bring Dictator Hissène Habré to Trial.” Credit: Klaartje Quirijns