The Special Criminal Court’s first trials for


The first trials at the Special Criminal Court of the Central African Republic will begin before the end of the year. This was confirmed on Tuesday, September 8, Alain Tolmo, Deputy Prosecutor at CPS. This mixed jurisdiction, made up of Central African and international judges, was created in 2015. The CPS has a mandate to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in CAR since 1 January 2003.

This special criminal court could not begin its work until 2018. But for now, this court is ready to do justice, according to Alain Tolmo:

“There are twelve files that are under preparatory instruction, therefore files that are in preliminary investigation at the level of the police phase in the search for the truth. There are twenty warrants that have been launched to arrest the perpetrators, accomplices or sponsors of crimes against humanitarianism. This is a message we are sending to the executioners and future prisoners who are the subject of our arrest warrants. The court works I can not give you any names from this microphone. There is protection for victims and witnesses. ”

According to the Deputy Prosecutor, their work will help bring the Central African Republic to peace: “We must assimilate calmly, firmly and calmly before the emblematic trials. This is the work of the Special Criminal Court and it contributes to creating peace in this battered country ”.

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