Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, was sentenced in 2016 to life imprisonment for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of torture. His appeal was denied Thursday and his sentence was upheld in a tribunal in Dakar, Senegal. His victims and their lawyers were expecting this verdict after almost 20 years of legal proceedings.
This verdict also comes with reparations for the victims totaling more than 82 billion CFA francs. Any and all property owned by the former president is to be seized, and this reparations fund now faces the difficult task of locating funds that Habré has hidden.
This article originally appeared in RFI on 27 April 2017