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Central African Republic: nine elements of the defense and security forces condemned by the court martial


AA / Peter Kum

The Bangui military court sentenced nine soldiers, gendarmes and police to terms ranging from 5 to 10 years’ imprisonment, corroborating sources were told on Sunday.

“Among those sentenced, there is for example the case which had been introduced by the public prosecutor against, Lopez Dawas, an element of the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) sentenced to life imprisonment for having committed a triple assassination. in Bambari ”, in the west of the country, underlined to the Anadolu Agency, the government commissioner of the military tribunal, Benoit Narcisse Foukpio.

The nine elements of the defense and security forces were prosecuted in particular for murder, voluntary injury and blood crime, underlined the magistrate Foukpio.

“Some elements of the Faca are sentenced to terms ranging from 5 to 10 years imprisonment for murder and assassination. During these hearings, a gendarme on duty is convicted of murder and willful injury in Boda. The latter received a 10-year prison sentence, ”noted the local newspaper, RJDH (Network of Journalists for Human Rights).

These trials were held in a context where alleged crimes committed in the Central African Republic have been attributed by United Nations experts to certain elements of the Central African armed forces, defense and internal security as well as their relatives and rebel groups.

“Multiple allegations of human rights violations allegedly perpetrated, including by Russian instructors” during operations carried out by the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) and their “international allies” to “liberate the localities occupied or held by armed groups ”, underlined in a report published on July 9, Yao Agbetse, expert of the UNO.

The UN independent expert urged the Security Council and the international community as a whole to take the necessary steps to ensure that these people can respond to the allegations of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that weigh on them.

The Special Commission of Inquiry set up by the government to investigate serious crimes committed by elements of the FACA, in its summary report published in early October, indicated that out of 103 incidents of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, some are proven and attributable to the Central African forces and their allies.

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