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Opinion : A Dictator on Trial in Africa
(Dakar, Senegal) -- “To the victims I ask for forgiveness.  I know it’s not sufficient, but I ask for forgiveness.”  Bandjim Bandoum, once a top political police agent of the former Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré, had waited 25 years to unburden himself. Then he turned to Habré, sitting a few feet away, and said, “I have lived up to my responsibility, now it is time for you to live up to yours.” Habré remained silent,…
by Reed Brody, counsel with Human Rights Watch, has worked with Hissène Habré’s victims since 1999
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