Former Central African leader Bozizé sentenced to life for conspiracy and rebellion

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Exiled former Central African president François Bozizé, who became a rebel leader, was sentenced in absentia to forced labor for life for conspiracy and rebellion, authorities announced on Friday.

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Bozize76 years old, who was in exile in Chad until March, when he moved to Guinea-Bissau, he led an alliance of rebel groups called the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), formed in December 2020.

The former president, who took power in CAR in 2003 but overturned a decade later, was sentenced Thursday, according to a judgment sent to AFP by the Ministry of Justice.

Two of Bozizé’s sons and 20 other co-defendants, including rebel leaders, were also sentenced to the same sentence in absentia.

They were also found guilty of endangering the internal security of the State and “murder”, according to the judgment of an appeal court in the capital Bangui.

The judgment does not give any details on the period concerned or on the crimes.

Civil conflict has torn apart CAR, one of the world’s poorest countries, since 2013, when predominantly Muslim armed groups overthrew Bozizé.

Bozizé set up armed militias known as the anti-Balakas, mostly Christian, to try to regain power.

The conflict has lost intensity since 2018, but the country continues to suffer episodes of violence and remains deeply poor.

(AFP)

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