Thursday, February 7, 2013
On February 8, 2013, the Extraordinary African Chambers will start a process to try the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré.
The Extraordinary African Chambers was created by agreement with the African Union (AU). The pretrial investigation, by four Senegalese magistrates, is expected to last 15 months. The investigation will potentially be followed by a trial in 2014, at which a non-Senegalese judge appointed by the AU will preside. Habré’s trial would mark the first time that the courts of one country tried the leader of another country for alleged human rights crimes. Habré is accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture during his presidency, from 1982 to 1990. He has been living in exile in Senegal for more than 22 years.
(mew) Hat tip to Human Rights Watch