DAKAR, Senegal – The former dictator of Chad, Hissene Habre, says he will win in his war crimes trial.
The ex-leader on Tuesday made the declaration in court after the judges finished reading out all of the charges and accusations against him. As he was taken from the courtroom in Dakar, Senegal, Habre raised two fingers in a victory sign and cried out "The plot will fail and we will win."
Habre is being tried in a special court established by Senegal and the African Union to try him on accusations of being responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people during his 1982-1990 rule. It is the first time one African country is trying the former leader of another for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Experts will begin testifying Wednesday.