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Ruling in case against ex-Chadian president expected on Monday

Xinhua, May 30, 2016 Adjust font size:

The ruling in the case against ex-Chadian President Hissene Habre who is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and acts of torture when he ruled the country, is expected on Monday at the African Special Court in Dakar.

The case which began on July 20, 2015 at the African Special Court, lasted for 56 days and saw 93 witnesses come forth to testify.

The accused who has contested the jurisdiction of the court that was set up in Senegal by the African Union, was forced to attend the hearing, but refused to respond to questions posed by judges.

In his submission, the court's prosecutor Mbacke Fall from Senegal, asked the judges to sentence the former Chadian leader to life imprisonment.

Fall equally urged the court to order for the confiscation of Habre's properties, arguing that there was sufficient evidence to prove his culpability.

In the absence of his lawyers who boycotted the proceedings, the three advocates appointed by the court to defend the former Chadian president called for his acquittal.

Habre, 73, led Chad between 1982 and 1990. After having been overthrown by current Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, he fled to Senegal.

After a legal battle by victims of his actions that lasted for several years, the former Chadian president was finally arrested in June 2013 at his home in Dakar, and charged in July of the same year at the African Special Court. Endit