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Central African Republic Minister Accused Of Killing 4 Child Soldiers

The recently arrested Central African Republic Minister of Animal Breeding, Ali Hassan Bouba, is being accused of the murder of four child soldiers of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel group.

The recently arrested Central African Republic Minister of Animal Breeding, Ali Hassan Bouba, is being accused of the murder of four child soldiers of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel group, whom he ordered to be killed in 2017.

At the time he was accused of having ordered the killing of the UPC child soldiers, he was the Political Coordinator of the UPC.

The victims were aged between 14 and 16 years.

After putting the kids high on drugs, he ordered that they be executed for crimes they committed on his orders when it was becoming probable that the crimes would be discovered and imputed on him.

Two of the four children were killed in Ippy by Ali Hassan Bouba’s brother, the self-proclaimed ‘General’ Hassan Guenderou while the other two were killed in the Boukacou forest in Bambari by ‘General’ Issa Comte.

Since Hassan Bouba was arrested on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 on accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but was released on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 on instructions from President Faustin Archange Touadera, many peoplehave been coming forward to accuse him of various crimes.

Besides the murder of the four UPC child soldiers, Ali Hassan Bouba is also being accused of ordering the massacre of Blue Helmets of the Democratic Republic of Congo contingent with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Alindao.

Since his release, the families of the four children and an increasing segment of the national community, have been calling for his re-arrest so that he can face the law at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Reliable diplomatic sources in Bangui say the former minister was released following pressure from President Faustin Archange Touadera who was himself under pressure by the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group to order the release.

“Right from the day Ali Hassan was arrested, the Central African Republic leader, Touadera, has been against any criminal action taken against him,” a senior opposition party official told HumAngle.

‘He is opposed to Ali Hassan being transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal and this is because Ali is his henchman.”

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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