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Chad ex-dictator Hissene Habre taken into and then out of court as trial begins in Senegal

  • CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015. The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Ibrahima Ndiaye)

    CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015. The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Ibrahima Ndiaye)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER  Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015. The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Ibrahima Ndiaye)

    CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015. The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Ibrahima Ndiaye)  (The Associated Press)

  • People stand in line before entering the court building, rear, where the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre is taking place in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015,  The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)

    People stand in line before entering the court building, rear, where the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre is taking place in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015, The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)  (The Associated Press)

Chaos has erupted as security forces ushered former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into and then out of the Senegal courtroom where he faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity following a protest by his supporters.

Lawyers for Habre said court officials forcibly led him to the courtroom Monday to participate in the trial, which he has denounced as politically motivated.

As he entered wearing a white robe, his supporters started yelling, prompting security officers to surround him and carry him out.

Habre is accused of overseeing widespread human rights abuses during his rule from 1982-1990.

Human Rights Watch says the trial beginning Monday is the first in the world in which the courts of one country prosecute the former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes.