The former president of Chad Hissene Habre is gaining a two month prison leave in Senegal due to the current coronavirus outbreak.
His detention centre in Senegal is to be used to hold new detainees in coronavirus quarantine.
That meant that Habre would have to be granted leave from prison for a few weeks for the pandemic to ease.
His lawyer told AFP that he had requested 60 days leave for his client because he was “particularly vulnerable” to coronavirus.
Once the pandemic eases and the threat of infection reduces, Habre will return to the prison facility to continue to serve his life sentence.
The ex-ruler of Chad will now serve his prison leave at his home in Ouakam, a district of Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
The former Chad leader has been serving his life prison term in Senegal prison for crimes against humanity.
Habre was convicted of these crimes in 2016 and sentenced to life in prison in Senegal.
He was convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990.
Habre’s conviction was the first time an African Union-backed court tried a former ruler for human rights abuses.