Former Chadian President To Appeal War Crimes Conviction

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Chad's former President Hissene Habre is set to begin an appeal against his life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity -- a verdict hailed as a landmark for Africa. The Extraordinary African Chambers, a body created by Senegal and the African Union, sentenced Habre, , to life in jail in May, an unprecedented conviction seen as a blow to the impunity long enjoyed by repressive rulers. But throughout the trial, Habre had refused to recognise the court's legitimacy, frequently disrupting proceedings. The ex-president denied accusations that he ordered the killing of 40,000 people during his rule from 1982 to 1990. Following the verdict last year, his lawyers made the decision to appeal
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