Hissene Habre Passes On


Chad’s former President, Hissene Habre, who is serving a life sentence in Senegal is dead. He died on Tuesday of Covid-19 complications, according to Senegalese Justice Minister, Malick Sall.
“Habre is in his Lord’s hands,” Sall said in the statement read on Kenya’s television station, TFM.
Habre was the hard-line Chadian strongman who seized power in Chad in 1982 but was himself overthrown before fleeing to Senegal in 1990. While in exhile in Senegal, he was arraigned before AAU-backed war crime tribunal, accused of crimes against humanity. He was jailed for the crimes in 2016.
According to reports, Habre’s is alleged to have murdered about 40,000 Chadians over the course of his iron fist leadership.
He is reputed to be “…one of the world’s most pitiless dictators, a man who slaughtered his own people to seize and maintain power”.
The first African former ruler to be so arraigned, Habre’s alleged offenses include rape, sexual slavery and ordered murder. Among others, survivors of his brutal regime recounted horrifying details of the torture allegedly carried out by his dreaded secret police during the time. In particular a swimming pool in the nation’s capital, N’Djamena, became a notorious detention centre where victims reportedly endured electric shocks, near-asphyxia, cigarette burns with gas squirted into their eyes.
He however, denied any knowledge of the crimes.
He was 79 at the time of death.

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