The Central African authorities on Sunday handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a former commander of the former Selekace. 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 him when he was arrested last Wednesday in Bria, his birthplace, 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 leader of Seleka during the bloody conflict that put him against anti-balaka militias after the overthrow of President François Bozizé . Then he will be an influential member of FPRC of Noureddine Adam, one of the movements born from the outbreak of the ex-uprising in late 2014.
Recently, according to an FPRC spokesman, “he no longer had a military post” and had “returned to politics”. He was a candidate in the December legislative election.
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 “forced disappearances”, according to the statement issued by the Court this Sunday evening.
He is being held for a few days in the Roux camp in Bangui after his arrest and will now attend prison in The Hague two other actors from the Central African crisis in 2013, who then operated 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 9 February.