The international criminal court has issued a warrant of arrest for Central African Republic rebel leader Nourreddine Adam for war crimes and crimes against humanity during civil strife in 2013.
Nourreddine who was a security minister at the time is wanted for torture, imprisonment, persecution, enforced disappearance and cruel treatment at detention centers run by the then-ruling regime.
The warrant was originally issued under seal in January 2019 but ICC judges had now ordered it to be unsealed. It identified him as Mahamat Nouradine Adam and said he was also known by a series of aliases including Nourreddine Adam.
Adam who is now the leader of the Popular Front for the Rebirth of the Central African Republic (FPRC), a former Seleka militia that is now one of the country’s remaining main rebel groups.
His group was one of two that last year refused to put down their weapons in response to a ceasefire offer by CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera.
According to the warranty Adam is already subject to UN sanctions.
By Vivian Moraa