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Victims cheer Chad ex-dictator's life sentence

Hissene Habre led Chad from 1982-1990, his rule marked by fierce repression of opponents and targeting of rival ethnic groupsA court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in jail Monday for war crimes and crimes against humanity, an unprecedented conviction hailed as a blow to the impunity long enjoyed by repressive rulers. Habre was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, forced sexual slavery and kidnapping, said the presiding judge Gberdao Gustave Kam. The 73-year-old ex-dictator, who wore his trademark billowing white robes and sunglasses in court, had presided over “a system where impunity and terror were the law,” Kam said.

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