Tuesday 24th October, 2017
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Chad's ex-leader seeks to overturn verdict

Chad's ex-leader seeks to overturn verdict

Chad’s ex-President Hissene Habre has gone to court to challenge his conviction for crimes against hu­manity.

His lawyers argue that the trial by a special court jointly set up by Senegal and the African Union was marred by procedural errors.

They also say the defendant’s rights were not respected.

Mr. Habre was the first former lead­er to be convicted by an African Un­ion-backed court - his case was seen as a landmark for the continent.

The former president ruled Chad from 1982 until he was overthrown in 1990 and fled into exile in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

He was sentenced to life in prison af­ter being convicted of rape, sexual slav­ery and ordering mass killings.