ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Central African Rebel Leader

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest for Central African rebel leader Mahamat Nouradine Adam over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2013.

Adam, the founder of the Central African rebel group Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP-F), allegedly committed crimes, including imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance, and other inhumane acts between April and November 2013.

The arrest warrant stated that Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala found reasonable grounds to believe that the armed movement Seleka, involving fighters subordinate to Adam, conducted “widespread and systematic attacks” against civilians and supporters of the government under Central African President François Bozizé Yangouvonda.

ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II said it could communicate the arrest warrant to any state or international organization for its execution.

The ICC would also send requests to other states and international organizations for cooperation in seeking Adam’s arrest and surrender.

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