Central African Republic’s ousted president Francoise Bozize would be under pressure to flee from Cameroon where he has been on self exile, as the Seleka coalition government now wants him for charges against human right abuses.
According to Arsene Sende, the country’s justice minister, the former head of state committed lots of atrocities during his time of office and also on his last days in clashes with the rebel s.
Bozize’s presidential guards are alleged to have assassinated 119 people and also responsible for the death of Colonel Charles Massi a former minister and head of a political party.
I f these crimes among other committed by Bozize are verifiable with substantial evident this could make a good case for the International Criminal Court, ICC, which Central African Republic is a signatory.
Having himself snatched power through a coup on 15 March 2003, Bozize would surely find it hard to defend himself from all these charges, and if arrested might likely end up in The Hague.
The Hague based international court has the mandate to try individuals and not States and to hold such persons accountable for the most serious crimes – crime of genocide, war crime, crime against humanity and crime of aggression – which are all of concern to the international community as a whole.
Bozize hastily quitted power when the Seleka alliance rebel groups captured Bangui last 24 March accusing him of failing to respect the terms of an earlier peace accord signed with them to prevent any further advancement towards the capital city.
In the last and fierce battle to unseat the regime, 13 South African troops were killed as rampant looting became the order targeting homes and offices of Bozize’s officials with most of the appalling act carried out by the rebels.
In his hideout in neighbouring Cameroon, Bozize accused Chad for helping the rebels to topple his government – a government that has been for years hanging on the edge with the support of foreign troops.
With Cameroon just next door to Bangui, Bozize must be having a sleepless night on where next to escape before his enemies close in on him.