Habre has been found guilty of crimes against humanity. He is the former President of Chad.
He has been sentenced to life in prison.
Habre began by refusing to co -operate. He denounced proceedings as a farce. Furthermore, he refused to appoint lawyers. The court therefore appointed lawyers to represent him.
He is estimated to have murdered 40 000 Chadeans during his 8 year rule. His legal team was granted 45 days to prepare his defence. He was told he had the right not to answer questions. The trial was conducted in Senegal and under the auspices of the African Union. He claimed the hirelings of imperialism were behind his trial.
The court pronounced him guilty of crimes against humanity, rape, unlawful detention, murder, cruelty, slavery, the massive use of executions without trial and the use of torture.
He was acquitted of war crimes under article 7 A F. of the statue.
These were crimes of extreme severity.
The erstwhile head of state refused to speak in the proceedings. He was found personally guilty of rape. His victim testified against him.
He said, ”down with French Africa.”