Rebel leader arrested by UN forces in CAR


The Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) yesterday arrested Chadian rebel leader and former CAR (Central African Republic) official, Mahamat Abdul Kadre.

Kadre, also known as “Baba Ladde”, was detained by MINUSCA forces on Monday in the latest of a series of actions the Mission is undertaking as part of its urgent temporary measures mandate to perform basic police functions in support of CAR authorities’ fight against impunity.

He had been on the CAR authorities’ arrest list since May this year and his capture is the latest in a series of major arrests including anti-Balaka leaders known as “Chocolat” and John “Americain.” The latter’s arrest was followed by the surrender of 88 of his fighters.

MINUSCA began operations in September 2014, with a mandate focused on the protection of civilians and the facilitation of a political process, including implementation of provisions of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities and setting up a mechanism to investigate violations.