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Chad ex-dictator rejects trial; Judge commands attendance

Former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on Monday denied the legitimacy of the special court set up to try him in Senegal for the deaths of thousands during his rule, but the head of the tribunal said he would be compelled to participate. Habre's lawyers said he was forced to attend the first day of his trial for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture — an unprecedented case of one African country trying the former leader of another — but he was quickly ushered back out after he and a few supporters in the court caused chaos. "This is not a trial, this is a masquerade!" the white robed Habre shouted as he was taken away. "There is no trial. There are...

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