Senegal tribunal to try ex-Chad dictator begins

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 1:04 PM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal officialy launched its tribunal investigating former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for alleged crimes against humanity.

The tribunal, authorized by the African Union and approved by a vote in Senegal's parliament, marks a major step toward Africa dealing with its own alleged war criminals. Court administrator Cire Aly Ba announced the commencement of the work Friday.

Belgium has offered to help finance the cost of special African tribunals within Senegal's court system.

Habre faces accusations of torture, crimes against humanity and war crimes during his rule from 1982 to 1990. He has enjoyed 22 years of impunity after fleeing to Senegal — leaving behind a country strewn with mass graves.

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