Chadian dictator’s trial to feature 4,000 victims: lawyers

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DAKAR: More than 4,000 victims have been registered in the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for atrocities committed during his presidency, their lawyers said Monday. Once dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet,” the 72-year-old has been in custody in Senegal since his arrest in June 2013 at the home he shared with his wife and children. Rights groups say 40,000 people were killed during his eight years in power in Chad under a regime marked by fierce repression of his opponents and the targeting of rival ethnic groups. Habre’s trial for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity is due to begin on July 20.

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