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US News Central African Republic: a former ex-Seleka commander handed over to the ICC

02:50  25 january  2021
02:50  25 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

The number of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic has doubled in one week to 60,000 (UN)

 The number of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic has doubled in one week to 60,000 (UN) © Daniel Beloumou Olomo Central African refugees are waiting in front of the sub-prefecture of Garoua Boulaï, in Cameroon, for UNHCR to register them, January 8, 2021 The number of people who fled violence in the Central African Republic since December "has doubled in one week" to now reach 60,000 people, said Friday the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

Séléka CPSK-CPJP-UFDR was an alliance of rebel militia groups that subjugated the Central African Republic (CAR) on 24 March 2013.

Seleka means “alliance,” in Sango, Central African Republic ’s principal language. It represents a coalition of several rebel forces that came Her office in 2007 opened an investigation in the country, following a referral by the Central African Republic government, which is a state party to the ICC .

Mahamat Said Abdel Kani est le premier ex-Seleka a être remis à la CPI (image d'illustration) © AFP PHOTO / PACOME PABANDJI Mahamat Said Abdel Kani is the first ex-Seleka to be handed over to the ICC (illustrative image)

The authorities Central African women handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a former commander of the former Seleka this Sunday evening. This is Mahamat Said Abdel Kani. He is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is the first ex-Seleka to be handed over to the ICC.

With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence Morice

The ICC arrest warrant against Mahamat Said Abdel Kani dates from January 2019. It was therefore two years since the Court demanded it when he was arrested last Wednesday, in Bria, his birthplace, in the east of the Central African Republic.

Central African Republic: a first convoy of trucks is back on the road to Cameroon

 Central African Republic: a first convoy of trucks is back on the road to Cameroon © AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE Trucks of goods from the Central African Republic enter Cameroon through the Garoua-Boulai border post. (Illustrative photo). It has now been nearly a month since the axis that supplies Bangui from the Cameroonian border has been blocked. More than 250 trucks are waiting in Bangui, more than 600 at the Cameroonian border. But this Friday morning, after multiple postponements and negotiations, a first convoy of around thirty trucks left Bangui to return to Cameroon.

In September 2013, the Central African Republic ’s human rights and humanitarian situation took a sharp Former Seleka fighters conducted frequent attacks against farmers working in their fields. The next morning, ex - Seleka commander Colonel Saleh took his regrouped fighters to the outskirts

Central African Republic Civil War (2012–present). Language. Watch. Edit. The Central African Republic conflict is an ongoing civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving the government, rebels from the Séléka coalition, and anti-balaka militias.

Aged 50 today, Mahamat Said Abdel Abdel Kani is reputed to have been very close in 2013 to Michel Djotodia, then head of the Seleka during the bloody conflict that pitted him against anti-balaka militias, after the overthrow of former president François Bozizé. Subsequently, he will be an influential member of Noureddine Adam 's FPRC, one of the movements born of the outbreak of the ex-rebellion at the end of 2014.

Lately, according to one of the spokespersons of the FPRC, “he no longer held a military function” and had “reconverted into politics”. He was a candidate for the legislative elections in December.

The details of his charges are not yet known. But the ICC suspects him of several crimes against humanity and war crimes: "imprisonment, torture, persecution" or "enforced disappearances" according to the statement released by the Court this Sunday evening.

Detained for a few days in Roux camp in Bangui following his arrest, he will now join in prison in The Hague two other actors of the Central African crisis of 2013, who were then operating in the opposite camp: the two former anti-balaka leaders Edgard Ngaïssona and Alfred Yekatom , whose trial is due to open before the ICC on February 9.

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