Mahamat Said Abdel Kani surrendered to ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes


Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, a national of the Central African Republic, was handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday January 24 by the authorities of his country.

Suspected of war crimes and alleged crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013, he was surrendered to the court following an ICC arrest warrant issued on January 7, 2019, the report said. international criminal jurisdiction in a press release.

When issuing the arrest warrant, the Single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II, Rosario Salvatore Aitala, found that there were reasonable grounds to believe that an armed conflict not of an international character was in progress. the territory of the CAR, between at least March 2013 and at least January 2014, between the Séléka (a coalition of armed groups mainly composed of Muslims opposed to the former president François Bozizé) and the anti-Balaka (a movement opposed to the Séléka and supporting former president François Bozizé), underlines the same source.

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In addition, the Single Judge found that there were reasonable grounds to believe that, from March 2013 at least until January 2014 at least, a widespread and systematic attack was carried out by members of the Seleka against the civilian population. and people perceived to be collectively responsible or accomplices or supporting the actions of the former government of François Bozizé, and then anti-Balaka, the statement continued.

Also known as “Mahamat Said Abdel Kain” and “Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani”, Mr. Said was born on February 25, 1970 in Bria. He was a Seleka commander and, as such, is suspected of being responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes, said

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The Single Judge.

As the statement pointed out, Mr. Said is suspected of having committed these crimes jointly with and / or through others, or of having ordered, solicited or encouraged the commission of these crimes. , or to have provided assistance, assistance or any other form of assistance to their commission, or to have contributed in any other way. His initial appearance will take place as soon as possible, the ICC said.

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