FILE PHOTO: Former Chad President Hissene Habre makes declarations to media as he leaves a courtroom in Dakar, Senegal November 25, 2005. REUTERS/Aliou Mbaye
August 27, 2021
By Cooper Inveen
DAKAR (Reuters) – Former Chad President Hissene Habre, who died this week whereas serving a life sentence for battle crimes, was buried on Thursday in Senegal after a muted funeral within the automotive park of a half-built mosque affected by building tools.
Habre dominated Chad https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/chads-former-president-habre-convicted-war-crimes-dies-senegal-2021-08-24 from 1982 to 1990, throughout which his political police tortured, killed and raped tens of 1000’s of suspected enemies, typically on Habre’s orders.
The previous strongman initially acquired backing from France and america however that stopped as help at residence drained away. He was ousted in a coup and fled to Senegal, wealthy with cash from his central African homeland. He purchased a big home in a rich neighbourhood of the capital Dakar.
Habre was arrested in 2013 after an extended marketing campaign by victims and rights teams and was sentenced to life in jail in 2016.
He died on Tuesday at age 79 after contracting COVID-19. About 200 individuals attended the funeral, a lot of them sporting the normal robes and headscarves of Chad.
The coffin, draped in a black and gold sheet, was rolled from the again of an ambulance earlier than an imam prayed. There was little signal of emotion as road youngsters appeared on, surrounded by copper building rods and cinder blocks.
Fifteen minutes later the coffin was put again within the ambulance and pushed away for a personal burial.
(Reporting By Cooper Inveen; writing by Edward McAllister; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)