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Chad minister says justice served with ex-dictator trial


Chad's justice minister says the trial for the country's ex-dictator Hissene Habre, accused in the deaths of thousands, represents a path toward reconciliation.

   The Extraordinary African Chambers, established by Senegal and the African Union, is trying Habre for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in an unprecedented case of one African country prosecuting the former ruler of another.

   Minister of Justice and Human Rights Mahamat Issa Halikimi said Wednesday the process means justice for the victims.

   Habre's government was responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths, according to a 1992 report by a 10-member truth commission in Chad.

   Habre's trial was suspended on Tuesday until Sept. 7 to allow court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense, after he refused representation.
   The former leader dismisses the tribunal as politically motivated.

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