The defense

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The trial of the former president of Chad Hissein Habré 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 Habré has enrolled a defence team led by two lawyers: Mr Ibrahima Diawara of Senegal and Mr François Serres of France. Rejecting the legacy of the EAC, Mr Habré 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 – Mbaye Sène, Abdou Gning and Mounir Ballal – were given a 45 days delay to study the case and stayed the proceedings until September 7, 2015.

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