Alleged victims of torture and abuse of former Chadian leader filed a civil suit against him in Senegal.
More than 1,000 alleged direct and indirect victims of torture and abuse under the regime of former Chadian leader, Hissene Habre, have filed a civil lawsuit in Senegal against the former military dictator, their lawyers said in Dakar.
An online statement by lawyers representing them, said their clients look forward to a fair trial in line with international standards at the Extraordinary African Chambers – a special court set up to try Mr. Habre in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
“We will fight for the respect of Hissene Habre’s rights and for a fair and exemplary trial.
“We are not after revenge. We do not wish Habre to experience the slightest harm, as his victims did,” said Jacqueline Moudeina, one of the lawyers.
The 70-year-old former leader was arrested on June 30 after living freely in the Senegalese capital for 22 years.
He is expected to face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes during a landmark trial likely to begin in 2015.
The trial will make him the first African ex-president to be tried on the continent.
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