- Published by Agence France-Presse on 24th August 2021
Former Chadian president Hissene Habre. PHOTO | AFP
- Former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who was serving a life term in Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has died, Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall said Tuesday. He was 79.
- “Habre is in his Lord’s hands,” Sall told the television channel TFM.
- Local media said he had died of Covid-19.
- Habre seized power in Chad in 1982, fleeing to Senegal in 1990 after he was in turn overthrown.
- The former leader was jailed in Senegal’s capital Dakar in 2016 after an African Union-backed trial over abuses committed during years of iron-fisted rule in Chad.
- Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed under Habre’s leadership of the semi-desert country.