The Senegalese prison administration said on Wednesday that former Chadian President Hissène Habré, imprisoned in Dakar for crimes against humanity, was doing well and was keeping his health healthy, contrary to what his family said.
The fate of Hissène Habré, 77 years old, head of Chad from 1982 to 1990, came back in the news with an article in the Senegalese daily Vox Populi stating concerns about his state of health, « now incompatible with detention according to his doctors « .
« The state of health of President Habré is in constant deterioration since the beginning of the year », then supported his wife Fatime Raymonne Habré in a statement.
No government doctor has visited her since June 2015, leaving her family to look after her health and make her see practitioners, she adds.
« Hissène Habré is not bedridden and is doing well, » responded the prison administration in a statement. It adds to take « all appropriate measures to ensure the state of health of any imprisoned person ».
Hissène Habré was sentenced on 30 May 2016 to life imprisonment following an unprecedented trial in Dakar, after being found guilty of crimes against humanity, rape, executions, slavery and kidnapping. A Chadian commission of inquiry has estimated that 40,000 people died from the repression under the Habré regime.
Hissène Habré, who was overthrown in 1990, had taken refuge in Senegal, where, under international pressure, the conditions of his trial had been created and he had been arrested in 2013 and charged by a special court set up in cooperation with the African Union. .
The Association of Victims of the Habré regime’s crimes (AVCRHH) felt that Hissène Habré had the right to be treated, « if he is really sick ». But she suspects a « ruse » like those used at the time according to her to try to escape his trial, this time to obtain grace.
In a statement, she is moved that Hissène Habré has « still not paid a single dime to the victims » of the 82 billion CFA francs (125 million EUR) to which he was sentenced according to her.
The AVCRHH accuses him of fleeing Chad with billions. « Where did all this money go? Will victims ever see it? « She asks, while some have already died.
The AVCRHH claims to represent thousands of victims.