Chad’s Court of Appeal will this Wednesday deliver its verdict in the case facing senior officials of the secret police service of Chad’s ex-president Hissene Habre, the prosecutor Louapambe Mahouli Bruno said Tuesday.
The 20 officials are accused of assassinations, torture, arbitrary detention, causing voluntary physical injuries and carrying out barbaric acts.
While making his final submissions about two weeks ago, the prosecutor asked the court to set free about half a dozen of the accused, but for others, he asked the court to give them a severe sentence ranging from five years to life imprisonment.
In late January, lawyers representing victims demanded that each of the accused should be fined about 300,000 U.S. dollars to be used as compensation for the loss suffered by the 7,000 complainants.
They further demanded for erection of a monument at a mass grave in Hamral-Goz in the north of the capital, setting aside the second Sunday of the month of December of each year as a “Prayer Day” in remembrance of thousands of Habre’s victims, turning of the prison used by the secret police as a museum and for the Chadian state to accept responsibility for the crimes committed.
On July 3, 2013, Habre was charged for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture at a special court in Dakar, Senegal, where he has been living for close to 20 years. Enditem