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  Mahamat Said Abdel Kani a senior leader of the largely Muslim S l ka militia has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to atrocities committed in 2013 in the Central African Republic s capital Bangui Much of the violence was due to clashes between the S l ka and the largely Christian Anti balaka faction Occupation Before the crimes were committed from late 2012 to early 2013 the S l ka militia advanced into the capital attacking police stations occupying military bases capturing cities and regional capitals and attacking suspected supporters of President Fran ois Boziz They seized Bangui in March 2013 and with forces numbering 20 000 ransacked houses while searching for Bozize supporters shooting fleeing people in the back or killing others in their homes Women and girls were raped and gang raped in front of their children or parents some died as a result of their injuries said Mr Said s arrest warrant Civilians targeted Part of the civilian population was targeted through multiple acts of murder imprisonment torture rape persecution for political ethnic and religious reasons and looting of houses belonging to non Muslims and others considered complicit or supportive of the government of Boziz the order continued Mr Kani s charge sheet includes imprisonment torture persecution enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts committed in Bangui between approximately April and November 2013 He saw him oversee the daily operations of an infamous detention center where he was held to men him after being arrested by S l ka members Appalling conditions Prisoners were held in small dark and overcrowded cells with only a bucket for a toilet and little or no food causing detainees to drink their own urine the ICC statement read The detainees were whipped with rubber bands beaten with rifle butts and told We are going to kill them one by one It was common for prisoners to spend several hours in a specific stress position so painful that some would ask to be killed The position known as arbatacha consisted of tying the detainee s hands and legs behind the back with the legs touching the elbows Extraction of confessions Mr Said allegedly referred to the technique as the most effective for extracting confessions explained the ICC order while noting that he was responsible for deciding which prisoners should be transferred to an underground cell located under his office In another detention center known as CEDAD where conditions were described as inhumane the court held that Mr Said was the commander of operations and kept a list of people to be arrested or ordered their arrest The trial continues
Central African Republic: Said trial opens in the International Criminal Court

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Mahamat Said Abdel Kani

Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, a senior leader of the largely Muslim Séléka militia, has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to atrocities committed in 2013 in the Central African Republic‘s capital, Bangui.

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Much of the violence was due to clashes between the Séléka and the largely Christian Anti-balaka faction.

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Occupation Before the crimes were committed, from late 2012 to early 2013, the Séléka militia advanced into the capital, attacking police stations, occupying military bases, capturing cities and regional capitals, and attacking suspected supporters of President François Bozizé.

They seized Bangui in March 2013 and with forces numbering 20,000, ransacked houses while searching for Bozize supporters, shooting fleeing people in the back or killing others in their homes.

“Women and girls were raped and gang raped in front of their children or parents; some died as a result of their injuries,” said Mr. Said’s arrest warrant.

Civilians targeted “Part of the civilian population was targeted through multiple acts of murder, imprisonment, torture, rape, persecution for political, ethnic and religious reasons, and looting of houses belonging to non-Muslims and others considered complicit or supportive of the government of Bozizé,” the order continued.

Mr. Kani’s charge sheet includes imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts, committed in Bangui between approximately April and November 2013.

He saw him “oversee the daily operations” of an infamous detention center where he was held.

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him after being arrested by Séléka members.

Appalling conditions “Prisoners were held in small, dark and overcrowded cells with only a bucket for a toilet and little or no food, causing detainees to drink their own urine,” the ICC statement read.

The detainees were whipped with rubber bands, beaten with rifle butts and told: “We are going to kill them one by one.”

It was common for prisoners to spend several hours in a specific stress position so painful that some would “ask to be killed.”

The position, known as “arbatacha”, consisted of tying the detainee’s hands and legs behind the back, with the legs touching the elbows.

Extraction of confessions Mr. Said allegedly referred to the technique as “the most effective for extracting confessions”, explained the ICC order, while noting that he was responsible for deciding which prisoners should be transferred to an underground cell located under his office.

In another detention center known as CEDAD, where conditions were described as “inhumane”, the court held that Mr. Said was the “commander of operations” and “kept a list of people to be arrested” or ordered their arrest.

The trial continues.

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