Sunday, October 17, 2021

Prosecutors Testify Against CAR War Crime Suspect In The Hague

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Prosecutors have testified at the International Criminal Court, ICC, on Tuesday against a Central African Republic war crimes suspect who kept his victims in a hole under his desk and tortured them until they begged to be killed.

Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, leader of the Seleka rebel coalition drawn largely from the CAR’s Muslim minority is being accused of running two detention centres during the country’s brutal 2013 civil war.

The ICC in The Hague is to decide whether the 14 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, torture and outrages of personal dignity against Said should move ahead to trial.

Prosecutors alleged that Said, 51, mistreated opponents accused of supporting former leader Francois Bozize, whom the Seleka had driven out of power.

Chief prosecutor Karim Khan who made his first appearance before the ICC since taking over the role in June said people were put in just appalling conditions with no regard for their humanity . #