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Why the trial of former Chadian dictator Hassan Habre may not be so significant

The trial of former Chadian dictator Hassan Habre in Senegal may not be that significant, despite it being heralded as a major achievement in terms of holding corrupt African leaders to account for crimes against humanity.

This is the view of Ottilia Maunganidze, senior researcher in International Criminal Justice at the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria.

Habré was overthrown in December 1990 and fled to Senegal with $28-million worth of Chadian public money.

He spent eight blood-soaked years in power, marked by 40 000 summary executions and forced disappearances.

It less about him falling out of favour, but more about his victims. In the African continent there is a serious aversion to dealing with crime and corruption of those in office. Perhaps that a problem - when you wait for 25 years to prosecute someone.

Ottilia Maunganidze, criminal justice researcher

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