Central African war crimes suspect ‘Rambo’ handed to global court
A war crimes suspect wanted for alleged murder, deportation and torture of Muslims in the Central African Republic has been handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the tribunal said.
CAR officials transferred Alfred Yekatom on Saturday to officials from the global court, which is looking in more than six years of violence that has destabilized a fragile region at the heart of the continent.
Yekatom, a sitting MP once nicknamed “Rambo”, was flown out of the country and arrived in the court’s detention center in the Hague in the early hours of Sunday, officials there said.
There was no immediate comment from Yekatom or any lawyers representing him.
A U.N. commission of inquiry found that Christian militias under Yekatom had carried out war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting Muslims.
The International Criminal Court – set up to prosecute the worst crimes when member countries can not or will not do so – issued a sealed arrest warrant for Yekatom on Nov. 11.
“We allege Mr. Yekatom is criminally responsible for several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic between 5 December 2013 and August 2014,” International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said.
“Now, he must answer in court for his actions.”