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CAR court conviction of militia leader positive indicator of judicial process but unlikely to deter insurgency

02 February 2018


A key leader of the anti-Balaka militia, Rodrigue Ngaïbona, known as ‘General Andjilo’, was last week sentenced to life imprisonment in Central African Republic (CAR) by a court in Bangui, the capital.

Ngaïbona, who was arrested in 2015 by peacekeepers of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) near Bouca in Ouham prefecture, was charged with a series of crimes ranging from murder to aggravated theft and kidnapping between October 2014 and January 2015. He also reportedly ordered the killing of Muslims in Bangui in 2013 and will likely face further charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by CAR’s Special Criminal Court, which is still at the installation stage.

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