Africa

Senegal court remands ex-Chad dictator over war crimes

Then-Chad president Hissene Habre is pictured in N'Djamena on January 17, 1987. Senegalese authorities charged Habre with crimes against humanity and remanded him in custody on Tuesday in a prosecution seen by many as a milestone for African justice.

Then-Chad president Hissene Habre is pictured in N'Djamena on January 17, 1987. Senegalese authorities charged Habre with crimes against humanity and remanded him in custody on Tuesday in a prosecution seen by many as a milestone for African justice.  (AFP/File)

Senegalese authorities charged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre with crimes against humanity and remanded him in custody on Tuesday in a prosecution seen by many as a milestone for African justice.

The 70-year-old was also charged with war crimes and torture during his eight years in power in Chad, where rights groups say 40,000 people were killed under his rule, a court source and his lawyers told AFP.

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