A Chadian special criminal court sitting in N’Djamena for the last three months on Wednesday sentenced about 20 former senior officials in the regime of the country’s ex-president Hissene Habre to between five years and life imprisonment.
The officials of Habre’s secret police, popularly known as Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS), had been accused of assassinations, torture, arbitrary detention, causing voluntary physical injuries and carrying out barbaric acts.
They will equally be expected to jointly pay a fine of 150 million U.S. dollars as compensation to the 7,000 civilian victims.
The court declared that the Chadian state was also culpable and it would therefore contribute 50 percent of the fine.
In addition, the court ordered for erection of a monument at a mass grave in Hamral-Goz in the north of the capital in memory of thousands of Habre’s victims as well as transformation of the Documentation and Security Directorate prison into a museum.
Four of the accused, among them Toke Dadi who was the last DDS director, were found not guilty and were acquitted.
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