International Arrest Warrant Issued for Ex-CAR President Over Human Rights Violations

The Central African Republic’s judiciary has taken a significant step by issuing an international arrest warrant for the country’s exiled former President, François Bozizé. The warrant pertains to alleged human rights abuses that occurred between 2009 and 2013.

The Special Criminal Court in Bangui, which was established with the support of the United Nations to try war crimes and other serious offences, has accused Bozizé and his security forces of committing atrocities during his tenure. These include crimes allegedly committed at a civilian prison and a military training centre in Bossembélé, where numerous individuals were reportedly tortured and killed.

Bozizé, who seized power in a coup in 2003, was later ousted by the Seleka rebels in 2013, leading to a civil war characterized by sectarian violence and the use of child soldiers. His current residence is in exile in Guinea Bissau, a nation whose laws do not permit extradition.

This arrest warrant is a clear indication of the court’s resolve to address past wrongdoings by state actors and is one of the most high-profile actions taken by the court since its inception. Human rights organizations view this as a pivotal moment in the pursuit of justice for the victims of the Central African Republic’s turbulent history.

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