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The former Chadian dictator’s trial has been postponed in Dakar after he caused a disturbance in court and told his lawyers to refuse to participate.
Human Rights Watch's video shows clips of the first two days of the trial of former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, in Dakar, Senegal.
The video shows judicial officers taking Habré away for creating a disturbance on the first day of the trial, July 20, 2015. On the second day of the trial, after Habre’s lawyers refused to participate in the hearing at their client’s request, the court adjourned the trial until September 7 to give time for new court-appointed lawyers to prepare Habré’s defense.
Habré is accused of tens of thousands of political killings and torture during his rule from 1982 to 1990.
The trial will be the first to date in which the court of one country prosecutes the former ruler of another for alleged human rights crimes.
“The victims of abuses under Habre’s rule are of course disappointed in the trial adjournment,” said Reed Brody, senior counsel at HRW who has worked with the survivors since 1999. “But they have been fighting to bring this case to court for 25 years, and 45 more days will not change anything in their long march toward justice.”
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