Africa

Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre

  • FILE - In this Monday May 30, 2016 file photo, Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hand during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal. An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges. The court also ruled Thursday April 27, 2017 on an appeal by the more than 4,000 victims that a trust fund be set up to manage reparations awarded to them. Habre has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation. (AP Photo/Carley Petesch, File)

    FILE - In this Monday May 30, 2016 file photo, Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hand during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal. An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges. The court also ruled Thursday April 27, 2017 on an appeal by the more than 4,000 victims that a trust fund be set up to manage reparations awarded to them. Habre has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation. (AP Photo/Carley Petesch, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • International rights lawyer Reed Brody, left, a member of the International Commission of Jurists who has worked with Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre's victims since 1999, walks with Senegalese victim Abourahmane Gueye, right, following Habre 's appeal in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday April 27, 2017. An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges. The court also ruled Thursday that reparations awarded to the more than 4,000 victims be managed by a trust fund. (AP Photo/ Carley Petesch)

    International rights lawyer Reed Brody, left, a member of the International Commission of Jurists who has worked with Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre's victims since 1999, walks with Senegalese victim Abourahmane Gueye, right, following Habre 's appeal in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday April 27, 2017. An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges. The court also ruled Thursday that reparations awarded to the more than 4,000 victims be managed by a trust fund. (AP Photo/ Carley Petesch)  (The Associated Press)

An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges.

The court also ruled Thursday that a trust fund be set up to manage reparations awarded to the more than 4,000 victims. Habre has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation.

The trial against Habre began in July 2015 and was the first in which courts of one country prosecuted the former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes.

Habre's conviction also was the first of a former head of state by an African court for crimes against humanity.

The Extraordinary African Chambers was created by the African Union and Senegal to try Habre for crimes committed during his presidency from 1982-1990.