Guinea-Bissau: President Embalo refuses to extradite former Central African President Bozizé

Guinea-Bissau: President Embalo refuses to extradite former Central African President Bozizé
Guinea-Bissau: President Embalo refuses to extradite former Central African President Bozizé

The Guinea-Bissau leader spoke to the press late Tuesday afternoon in Bissau, before a trip to Moscow.

“I am not going to extradite him because there is no agreement between our two countries in this sense, unless (Mr. Bozizé) himself decides to go elsewhere. The arrest warrant issued against him really surprised me. This is not what I expected because this is not what President (Central African Faustin Archange) Touadéra and I said to each other,” he declared.

A special UN-sponsored court has issued an international arrest warrant for former President Bozizé, as part of an investigation into his responsibility for possible crimes against humanity committed by soldiers in a prison between 2009 and 2013.

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Mr. Bozizé, 77, who seized power in 2003 through a coup before being overthrown 10 years later by rebels and who is today at the head of the main Central African rebellion, lives in exile in Guinea-Bissau since March 2023, after a stint in Chad.

The international arrest warrant dates from February 27, according to a press release from the Special Criminal Court (SCC), a hybrid jurisdiction made up in Bangui of Central African and foreign magistrates, responsible for the case of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since 2003 in Central African Republic, a country that has experienced a litany of civil wars and authoritarian regimes since its independence from France in 1960.

Mr. Bozizé was sentenced on September 22, 2022 by a Central African court to forced labor for life, notably for “conspiracy” and “rebellion” as leader of the rebel alliance, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

By Le360 Africa (with AFP)

05/08/2024 at 3:54 p.m.

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