French Court Orders Sending Central African Republic War Crimes Suspect to ICC


A French court has authorized Central Africa Republic soccer executive and alleged militia leader Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona to be handed over to The Hague war crimes tribunal, a judicial source said. Ngaissona, who has been described by prosecutors as the “senior leader” of the anti-balaka militia that carried out systematic attacks on the Muslim population in 2013 to 2014, was arrested in France on December 12. The International Criminal Court (ICC) says Ngaissona is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, deportation, persecution, torture, attacking civilians, and recruiting child soldiers.

Ngaissona, who was elected as a top executive of Africa’s football governing body, CAF, has denied the charges. A search was carried out at his French home after he was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport and the investigating chamber of the Paris appeal court has now ordered him to be handed over to the war crimes tribunal, the source said. The decision is subject to appeal, the source added.

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