Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


1 000 sue ex-Chad dictator for war crimes

18 July 2013, 11:03

Dakar - More than 1 000 alleged victims of former dictator Hissene Habre are suing him in Senegal, where he is being tried for genocide during his eight-year rule of Chad, their lawyers said on Wednesday.

Habre, aged 70, faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his brutal rule between 1982 and 1990, when some 40 000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

Arrested in early July after more than two decades in exile in Senegal, the former dictator was placed in pre-trial detention in Dakar where he is to stand trial after years of delays by the Senegalese government.

"We will represent the 1 015 victims throughout the proceedings, from the investigation to the trial," their lawyer Jacqueline Moudeina, flanked by five of the alleged victims, told a media conference.

"These victims have suffered abuses under the regime of Hissene Habre. They expect justice to be done."

Moudeina said the lawsuit, which will be heard as part of the criminal proceedings, included a request for Habre's assets to be frozen so that her clients - who are mostly Chadian - can be compensated.

Five of the alleged victims broke down as they told the tribunal on Wednesday how they had been tortured under the Habre regime, Assane Dioma Ndiaye, another of their lawyers, told reporters.

Chad's Commission of Inquiry into Habre's alleged crimes, set up after he fled, estimates that only 4 000 of his victims have ever been identified.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...