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ICC  Issues Arrest Warrant For Central African Republic Rebel Leader

The arrest warrant against the former police chief turned rebel leader, and later the Central African Republic Minister of Interior was issued in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued an international arrest warrant against the Central African Republic’s former Seleka assistant commander, Noureddine Adam. 

The ex-Seleka number two man is wanted for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in November 2013.

The arrest warrant against the former police chief turned rebel leader and later the Central African Republic Minister of Interior was issued in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

According to the International Criminal Tribunal, Adam committed and ordered to be committed acts of torture, persecution and cruel treatment.

The actions are crimes against humanity and war crimes. They’re all committed after the recapture of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, by the Seleka coalition in March 2013 and the fall of Francois Bozize and his regime.

Noureddine Adam is the fifth Central African Republic official publicly pursued by the International Criminal Tribunal since the court began its investigations.

The 2013 coup d’etat in the Central African Republic led to the overthrow of the government of Francois Bozize and plunged the country into the current civil war.

Fighting had been between a coalition of armed groups known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), the majority Muslim Seleka and militia groups supported by the Christian anti-Balaka.

According to the International Criminal Tribunal, the violence led to the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of others.


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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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