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Chad’s Hissene Habre forced to appear in court

1Chad’s former President Hissene Habre has been forcibly brought to court for the second day of his trial for crimes against humanity.
The trial has been suspended until 7 September after Mr Habre and his lawyers refused to speak to the judge.
The court in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, has now appointed new lawyers to represent him.
Mr Habre denies responsibility for the deaths and disappearance of thousands of people between 1982 and 1990.
The newly appointed lawyers have 45 days to prepare their case, reports the BBC’s Thomas Fessy in Dakar.
“You have the duty to defend Hissene Habre even against his will so a fair trial can take place,” the judge told them.
Mr Habre was surrounded by security guards at the front of the courtroom to avoid the chaotic scene witnessed on the first day.
Proceedings were halted on Monday when he refused to recognise the authority of the court.
It led to commotion in the courtroom as he was thrown out by prison guards.
The trial marks the first time one African country has prosecuted the former leader of another.
It follows a 25-year campaign to bring him to justice.
Addressing the court on Monday, victims’ lawyer Jacqueline Moudeina said the trial was “in the name of humanity, a humanity which Hissene Habre never allowed his victims”.
Many of Mr Habre’s alleged victims have been calling for him to face justice since his overthrow and exile in Senegal in 1990.
Parallels were later drawn with the attempts to get the former Chilean military leader Augusto Pinochet extradited and put on trial for crimes against humanity in Spain in 1998, leading him to to be called “Africa’s Pinochet”.