Senegal detains Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre

Senegalese authorities on Sunday detained former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, the first step towards a trial on charges of crimes against humanity that is seen by many as a milestone for African justice.
The man once dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet” also stands accused of war crimes and torture during his eight years in power in Chad, where rights groups say about 40,000 people were killed under his rule.
A prosecutor with a special court set up to try the former leader confirmed his detention.
One of Mr Habre’s lawyers, El Hadji Diouf, told local radio on Sunday he had been arrested at his home in Dakar.
Delayed for years by Senegal, where he has lived since being ousted in 1990, Mr Habre’s trial will set a precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have been tried only in international courts.