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FORMER CHAD LEADER HABRE CONVICTED OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

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/Sophiane Bengeloun)

Former Chad ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at a historic trial I Senegal.

Habre was convicted for rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his presidential tenure from 1982 to 1990.

“It was the first time an African Union-backed court had tried a former ruler for human rights abuses,” BBC reported.

“Today will be carved into justice as the day that a band of unrelenting survivors brought their dictator to justice,” said Reed Brody from Human Rights Watch.

Hissene Habre was arrested in Senegal and exiled in 2013.

“In 2005, a court in Belgium issued a warrant for his arrest, claiming universal jurisdiction but, after Senegal referred the issue to the African Union, the AU asked Senegal to try Mr Habre “on behalf of Africa.” BBC reported

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