Michela Wrong

The butcher of Chad who died in a private Senegalese clinic

It took 16 years to bring Hissène Habré to justice – but the brutal former president ended his days simply constrained by an electronic bracelet

Hissène Habré on an official visit to Paris in 1989. Credit: Alamy

Recent years have not been kind to the campaign for universal justice. The notion that some crimes are so serious that perpetrators should be hunted down and prosecuted irrespective of where the atrocities were actually committed has taken something of a beating since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened for business in the Hague in 2002.

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Michela Wrong
Michela Wrong is the author of Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad, published by HarperCollins.

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