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The trial of Chad’s former president, Hisséne Habré, has come to an end, and he will reportedly be sentenced by May. The former president was on trial for crimes against humanity. It is suspected that he was involved in about 40,000 political killings while president. His defense lawyers argued that the former president was unaware of these killings and attributed the actions to overzealous police. During his trial, Habré was uncooperative, as he did not believe the court had standing to hear his case, and he remained silent for the remainder of the trial. The prosecution built its case with almost 100 witnesses and records from the police.

This article is related to the investigation and prosecution of those who have perpetrated human rights abuses.

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