Former Chad dictator Hissene Habre was found guilty Monday of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and sex crimes during his rule and he was sentenced to life in prison, ending a trial more than 15 years in the making.
Victims, former prisoners and their relatives broke out into whoops of joy, hugs and tears in the courtroom when ruling was announced by the three-judge panel in the special court in Senegal.
A defiant Habre raised his fist and shouted to his supporters: "Long live independent Africa! Down with France-Africa!"
His wife wept and his backers called him a defender of Africa as the 73-year-old Habre was escorted from court.