Central African Republic: War crimes trial confirmed by ICC
13 December 2021 | 9:32 am
The accused — Mahamat Said Abdel Kani — faces a slew of charges, including persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts. The alleged militia leader rose to prominence amid a coup in Bangui in 2013.
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