a former commander of the ex-Seleka handed over to the ICC

Mahamat Said Abdel Kani is the first ex-Seleka to be surrendered to the ICC (illustrative image)

Mahamat Said Abdel Kani is the first ex-Seleka to be surrendered to the ICC (illustrative image)

The Central African authorities handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a former commander of the ex-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 called for him when he was arrested last Wednesday, in Bria, his birthplace, in the east of the Central African Republic.

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 which pitted him against anti-balaka militias, after the overthrow of former president François Bozizé. Subsequently, he will be an influential member of the FPRC de Noureddine Adam, one of the movements born from the outbreak of the ex-rebellion at the end of 2014.

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

The details of what he is accused of are not yet known. But the ICC suspects him of several crimes against humanity and war crimes: “imprisonment, torture, persecution” or even “enforced disappearances” according to the statement released by the Court this Sunday evening.

Detained for a few days in the 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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