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Senegal Readies for Trial of Chad’s Habre, Justice Ministry Says

Senegal is making preparations to try former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who is charged with the deaths of more than 40,000 people during his eight-year rule, the West African nation’s Justice Ministry said.

A working group set up by the ministry and includes members of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the prisons system and the Appeals Court, according to a statement e-mailed today. They met on June 1 to discuss how to try the ex-leader, who has been in exile in Senegal since 1990.

The group will “reflect on the practical ways for preparation and organization of the Hissene Habre process, conforming to Senegal’s international engagements and with the help of the African Union,” the ministry said in the statement. While Senegal agreed in 2006 to try Habre at the urging of the African Union, he has not yet been brought to court.

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