Senegal Declines Release of Former President of Chad, Habré

The Senegalese judiciary has turned down a request for the release of former President Hissène Habré of Chad who was sentenced to life imprisonment by an African court in Dakar for crimes against humanity.

Habré ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, According to the Chadian commission of inquiry, the number of victims repressed under the Habré regime is pegged at 40,000.

He was overthrown in 1990 and found refuge in Senegal where the condition for his trial started.

Arrested in Senegal in 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment on May 30, 2016 after an unprecedented trial in Dakar.

He was convicted of crimes against humanity, rape, executions, slavery and kidnapping. He has been serving a sentence in a prison in Dakar.

The court also awarded 82 billion CFA francs (about 125 million Euros) in compensation to more than 7,300 victims who still demanding to be compensated

His lawyers, Ibrahima Diawara and François Serres filed a request for his release on March 29, addressed to the judge in charge of enforcing sentences at the Dakar high court

His lawyers disclosed in a statement on Sunday that a refusal was made to the request.

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