‘Ex-Chad ruler faces war crimes charge’

Former Chad President Hissene Habre makes declarations to media as he leaves a court in Daka, Senegal. (file photo)

Senegalese authorities say that former Chad President Hissene Habre could face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture.

Mbacke Fall, Senegal’s chief prosecutor, said on Monday that his preliminary investigation suggests there is enough evidence to charge the former ruler with the crimes, the Associated Press reported.

Fall said Habre will appear before judges on Tuesday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, where he has been living in exile for 22 years after being toppled in a military coup.

Habre was detained in Dakar on Sunday.

Human rights groups have accused Habre of torture or killing up to 40,000 people between 1982 and 1990. The 70 year old has denied the accusations.

Under pressure from the International Court of Justice and campaign groups, Senegalese MPs passed a law in December allowing a special African Union tribunal to be created in the country to try the former leader, who has been dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet.”

It will be the first time the former leader of an African state has been tried by another.

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Republished with permission from:: Press TV