Confirmation of allegations against former Seleka

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Confirmation of charges against the former Seleka militia, Mahamat Saïd, opens on October 12 before the International Criminal Court (ICC). This former militia is suspected of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 2013 and 2014. This is the first time that a former member of Seleka has been brought before the courts.

as reported from The Hague, Stephanie Maupas

From the beginning of the investigation into crimes in the Central African Republic, the prosecutor’s office assured that it would target both camps: Seleka and anti-Balaka. He was sometimes criticized for only prosecuting the winning camp, as in Côte d’Ivoire or Uganda, the prosecutor had therefore promised justice for all.

We are not quite there yet, but a first trial of two former anti-Balaka officials, the militia close to former President François Bozizé, opened in February. Pierre-Edouard Ngaïssona and Alfred Yekatom respond to crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The hearings that begin on Tuesday in the case this time directed against the opposite camp, ex-Seleka Mahamat Saïd, aims to get his indictment and his referral to trial.

Mahamat Saïd was arrested eight months ago and is suspected of torture, forced disappearances and persecution. He had first participated in the capture of Bangui in March 2013 on the rank of colonel in Seleka. The militias then placed Michel Djotodia at the head of the country. Mahamat Saïd then became commander of the Office for the Suppression of Banditry. And according to the prosecutor, the opponents were then arrested and tortured during search operations in Bangui, sometimes in the presence of the suspect.

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