Senegal amends constitution

2008-04-09 14:24

Dakar - Senegal's parliament has amended the constitution to allow national courts to try crimes against humanity.

The change opened the way for this West African nation to eventually prosecute former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for alleged war crimes.

Habre lived in exile in Senegal. He ruled Chad for eight years until rebels ousted him in 1990.

Senegal had been under increasing pressure to bring him to trial. Legislators voted overwhelmingly in favour of amending the constitution in a late night session on Tuesday.