- Ex-Chad's ruler, Hissene Habre who was jailed for crimes against humanity, has died at the age of 79 while serving a life sentence
- The Senegalese Justice Minister, Malick Sall on Tuesday, August 24, made this announcement and revealed that Hissene Habre was being diagnosed with a coronavirus infection
- Habre was reportedly found guilty in 2016 of crimes he committed while he was president from 1982 to 1990 after fleeing to senegal
Emerging reports indicate that Chad’s ex-ruler, Hissene Habre, has died at the age of 79 while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.
The Voice of Nigeria reports that he was, until his death, being treated for a coronavirus infection.
Habre was found guilty in 2016 of crimes committed while he was president from 1982 to 1990.
He seized power in Chad in 1982 but fled to Senegal in 1990 after he was in turn overthrown.
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Legit.ng gathered that the conviction was the result of a landmark trial in Senegal. It was the first time an African Union-backed court had tried a former ruler for human rights abuses.
Channels TV report further indicate that Habre’s rule was marked by brutal crackdowns on dissent, including alleged torture and executions of opponents. Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed under his leadership of the semi-desert country.
Commenting on Habré’s death, Reed Brody, who had helped campaign for the ex-president to be put on trial, said he “will go down in history as one of the world’s most pitiless dictators, a man who murdered his own people”.
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