The man sometimes dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet” has reportedly been sentenced to death, in absentia.
Court officials in Chad say Hissene Habre, the country’s former president, was given the death penalty along with several leaders of an eastern rebellion. He has been living in exile in Senegal since being overthrown in 1990.
On the instructions of the African Union, Senegal is preparing to try Habre for alleged torture and political killings committed under his rule in Chad.
He denies any knowledge of human rights abuses.