Prosecutor recommends life in prison for former Chad ruler

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 1:13 PM

DAKAR (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the landmark human rights trial of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre on Wednesday recommended life in prison if he is convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, Senegal state radio said.

Habre, who ruled from 1982-1990, went on trial in the Senegalese capital last July and a verdict is expected this year. It is the first time a domestic court system in one country has tried a former leader of another for rights charges.

(Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)