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CAR: Francois Bozize faces arrest warrant for alleged crimes

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Former Central African Republic President François Bozizé

Former Central African Republic President François Bozizé is currently facing an arrest warrant issued by a UN-backed court over alleged crimes committed during his tenure in office.

The Special Criminal Court in Bangui has accused Bozizé of crimes against humanity, including murder, enforced disappearance, torture, rape, and other inhumane acts.

The crimes in question are said to have taken place between 2009 and 2013, during Bozize’s time in power.

CAR Francois Bozize faces arrest warrant for alleged crimes www.whoownsafrica.com
François Bozizé had seized power in 2003 but was overthrown 10 years later [File: AFP]
It is alleged that these atrocities were carried out by Bozizé’s presidential guard and other military forces at various locations, including a civilian prison and a military training center in Bossembele.
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The court has stated that there is substantial evidence linking Bozizé to these crimes, suggesting that he may be held criminally responsible as a hierarchical superior and military leader.

The arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 27 but was only made public recently.

Bozize, who is now 77 years old, ruled the Central African Republic for a decade before being overthrown in 2013. He came to power through a coup and has been living in exile in Guinea-Bissau since 2013.

The court has called for the cooperation of Guinea-Bissau to arrest Bozizé and hand him over to face trial for his alleged crimes.

CAR: Francois Bozize faces arrest warrant for alleged crimes www.whoownsafrica.com
Former Central African Republic President François Bozizé

In September of last year, the Central African Republic’s Court of Appeal handed down a harsh sentence to former president Bozize, sentencing him to hard labor for life for charges including “undermining the internal security of the state” and “assassinations.”

Despite his imprisonment, Bozizé has now taken on the role of coordinator for the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), the main rebel coalition that was formed in 2020 with the intention of overthrowing his successor, Faustin Archange Touadera.

The court, which was established in 2015 with the sponsorship of the United Nations, is responsible for investigating war crimes that have taken place in the country since 2003.

The Central African Republic, which gained independence from France in 1960, has been plagued by political instability and conflict for many years.

The issuance of an arrest warrant against a former head of state is a significant development in the pursuit of justice for victims of human rights abuses.


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