The trial of the former president of Chad Hissein HabrĂ© has opened on July 20, 2015, before the African Extraordinary Chambers (EAC).
Charged and remanded in custody by the EAC on July 2, 2015, Hissein HabrĂ© has enrolled a defence team led by two lawyers: Mr Ibrahima Diawara of Senegal and Mr FranĂ§ois Serres of France. Rejecting the legacy of the EAC, Mr HabrĂ© asked his lawyers to stay out of the court at the opening of the trial.
Following the Senegalese Code of Criminal Procedure, which requires the attendance of a defence counsel, the trial chamber decided to assign three court-appointed lawyers to represent the defendant. The Senegalese barristers â€“ Mbaye SĂ¨ne, Abdou Gning and Mounir Ballal â€“ were given a 45 days delay to study the case and stayed the proceedings until September 7, 2015.