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Hissene Habre dragged from court; officials suspend war-crimes trial

“This is a farce” shouted the former President of Chad as he was dragged from a court in Senegal, where he is being tried on counts of war crimes

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Hissene Habre dragged from court; officials suspend war-crimes trial

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“This is a farce” shouted the former President of Chad as he was dragged from a court in Senegal, where he is being tried on counts of war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity.

Hissene Habre denies the legitimacy of the court and had to be forced to attend the first day of the tribunal on Monday, July 20.

It is the first time a former leader of an African country has been put on trial in another.

Court officials later decided to suspend proceedings until September 7, 2015.

The trial marks the end of a 15-year battle to bring him to justice in Senegal where he was living in exile after being toppled in a coup.

Former dictator Habre is accused of being responsible for the torture and killing of thousands of people while ruling the central African country of Chad from 1982 to 1990.

If found guilty the 72-year-old faces sentences ranging from 30 years to life with hard labour.