Africa

Chad's ex-ruler found guilty, sentenced to life for abuses

  • Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hand during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, May 30, 2016.  Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam declared Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in a packed courtroom, Monday.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)

    Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hand during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, May 30, 2016. Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam declared Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in a packed courtroom, Monday.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Souleymane Guengueng, a former Chad prisoner and victim, arrives at court as a witness to testify during the trail of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre in Dakar, Senegal. Souleymane Guengueng was among thousands imprisoned in Chad during the 1982-1990 rule of dictator Hissene Habre. On Monday, May 30, 2016, he is certain that justice will be delivered. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn,File)

    FILE-In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Souleymane Guengueng, a former Chad prisoner and victim, arrives at court as a witness to testify during the trail of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre in Dakar, Senegal. Souleymane Guengueng was among thousands imprisoned in Chad during the 1982-1990 rule of dictator Hissene Habre. On Monday, May 30, 2016, he is certain that justice will be delivered. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hands after sentencing during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, May 30, 2016.  Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam declared Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in a packed courtroom, Monday.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)

    Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hands after sentencing during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, May 30, 2016. Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam declared Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in a packed courtroom, Monday.(AP Photo/Carley Petesch)  (The Associated Press)

A judge has declared Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.

Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam delivered the verdict and sentence Monday in a packed courtroom.

The landmark trial is the first time one country has tried the former leader of another for crimes against humanity. Habre was convicted of being responsible for some 40,000 deaths during his rule, according to a truth commission report.

The ex-dictator has denounced his trial on war crimes charges as being politically motivated.

The Extraordinary African Chambers was formed by Senegal and the African Union to try Habre, who has lived in Senegal's capital since fleeing Chad in 1990.