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Former Chadian President Hissein Habré died on Tuesday in Dakar from Covid-19, the Senegalese news agency reports, citing relatives.

According to press reports, Hissein Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, was in critical condition after testing positive for Covid-19.

As a reminder, Hissène Habré, also known as Hissein Habré, born August 13, 1942, Faya-Largeau, is a Chadian statesman, member of the Toubou people of the Anakaza clan.

He was President of the Republic of Chad from 1982 to 1990, following the coup d’état which overthrew Goukouni Oueddei.

Sentenced to death in absentia for crimes against humanity by a court in N’Djaména, he took refuge in Senegal, then was charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes and acts of torture. His trial, which opens in Dakar in 2015, is the first use of universal jurisdiction on the African continent. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on appeal in 2017.

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