Official: Senegal to send ex-dictator back to Chad

July 8, 2011 - 2:44 PM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A minister in Chad says Senegal plans to send former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre home to face trial.

Habre is accused of torturing and executing opponents during his rule, but has lived in Senegal since 1990.

Chadian minister Abderaman Djasnabaille told The Associated Press by telephone on Friday that his government had received the surprising announcement in a letter earlier this week.

A letter signed by Senegal's president says Habre will be sent on Monday to Chad's capital.

Victims of torture who suffered under Habre's regime have been working for decades to bring him to justice, but the development is puzzling because Senegal had earlier agreed to create a special court to try him.