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Ex-Chadian dictator Habre dragged into courtroom for trial on war crimes charges

  • Fatime Sakine, a victim of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, speaks to the media during his trail in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

    Fatime Sakine, a victim of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, speaks to the media during his trail in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haoua Brahim, left, and Rachel Mouaba, right, victims of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre arrive to testify during his trail in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

    Haoua Brahim, left, and Rachel Mouaba, right, victims of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre arrive to testify during his trail in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Reed Brody, a researcher for the New-York-based rights group Human Rights Watch, speaks to the media during the trail of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

    Reed Brody, a researcher for the New-York-based rights group Human Rights Watch, speaks to the media during the trail of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Security officers dragged former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre into the courtroom Monday after he refused to take part in his trial on war crimes charges, and some of his supporters had to be removed after they charged to the front of the court. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)  (The Associated Press)

Security officers have forced Chad's former dictator into the courtroom after he refused to take part in his trial.

Hissene Habre has denounced his trial on war crimes charges as being politically motivated.

On Monday, security personnel had to hold down the former Chadian leader, who resisted their efforts to restrain him.

His brother and two other young men were removed from the courtroom by security guards, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene.

The former leader lived for years in exile in Senegal's capital until he was arrested and ordered to go before a special court. His government is accused of being responsible for some 40,000 deaths during his rule, according to a truth commission report.

Habre faces charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.