Court suspends trial of ex-Chad dictator until September

The trial of Chad’s ex-dictator Hissene Habre was suspended on Tuesday until September to allow court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense. The Extraordinary African Chambers, established by Senegal and the African Union, is trying Habre for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in an unprecedented case of one African country prosecuting the former ruler of another. Habre on Tuesday refused representation. Attorney General Mbacke Fall said Habre must accept lawyers appointed by the judge. The court appointed three Senegalese lawyers to represent Habre and they were given until Sept. 7 to prepare the defense. “The appointed lawyers have a duty to defend Habre. Even if the accused refuses to collaborate with the appointed lawyers for him, the procedure will continue,” said Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam.



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