Former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who was serving a life term in Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has died.
The Chadian consulate said he had died of Covid-19.
Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall made this known in a television broadcast on Tuesday. He was 79.
“Habre is in his Lord’s hands,” Sall told the television channel TFM.
Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at an African Union-backed trial in the Senegalese capital Dakar in 2016.
He seized power in Chad in 1982, but fled to Senegal in 1990 after he was in turn overthrown.
Habre’s rule was marked by brutal crackdowns on dissent, including alleged torture and executions of opponents.
Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed under his leadership of the semi-desert country.
In exile in Dakar, Habre lived a quiet life in an upmarket suburb with his wife and children.
But he was finally arrested in 2013 and tried by a special tribunal set up by the AU under a deal with Senegal.