Former Chadian President to appeal against life sentence

Former Chadian president Hissene Habre is set to appeal against his conviction of crimes against humanity, torture and sexual slavery.

The 74-year-old was convicted in May 2016 by the Extraordinary African Chambers, a body created by Senegal and the African Union.

Habre was sentenced to life in prison following a 17 year campaign for justice by victims and rights campaigners.

The sentencing of the was hailed as a landmark for the continent.

However, Habre has refused to recognise the court’s authority. Furthermore, his court-appointed lawyers have requested an appeal on his behalf.

The hearing is expected to last several days and the final decision by April 30.

If his conviction is upheld, Habre will serve his sentence in Senegal or another AU country.

Source: Voice of Nigeria