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Former Chad president sentenced to life

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> We're quite disappointed because with everything that had been achieved throughout the trial's proceedings and the way we've proved the innocence of President Habre was faced with faulty accusations that could not be proved.
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He'll finish off his life in prison, and it's all we wanted. I hope this serves as a lesson to all the other dictators out there.>> The result ends a 16 year battle by victims and campaigners. But Habre still denies the charges.>>
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We were expecting a verdict of acquittal.>> The trial in Senegal is unprecedented. An African court has never before prosecuted the former leader of another African state for human rights abuses. Senegal has been home to Habre since he fled Chad in 1990. Known as Africa's Pinochet, victims they torture included electric shocks, near asphyxiation, and cigarette burns.
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In 1992, Chadian Truth Commission accused Habre's government of 40,000 political murders. Some of his victims are said to be buried here.