CAR war crimes to ICC


The International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges against two men suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The decision means Alfred Yekatom and alleged co-conspirator Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona who maintain they are innocent, will face trial the court said in a statement.

It said there were “substantial grounds to believe” prosecution arguments the men were responsible for crimes directed toward civilian populations including “murder, rape…deportation or forcible transfer of population and displacement of the civilian population.”

Prosecutors said Ngaissona was one of the most senior leaders of Christian-dominated militias that carried out widespread attacks on the country’s Muslim population, while Yekatom was a commander in the same forces during fighting in 2013-2014.